Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Priests

 All Priests January 9-16, 2023

(arrive on the 8th and leave on the 17th)


 Diocesan Priests January 9-13, 2023

(arrive on the 8th and leave on the 14th)


Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center offers an optimal setting with its scenic view of the Bay Area, nearby hiking trails, and comfortable facilities including spacious, personal bedrooms with complete bathrooms.

Fr Thomas Vendetti will lead the retreat according to the themes of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, with a special emphasis on desire and discernment. There will be times of prayer in common during the Eucharistic concelebratons and guided meditations, as well as ample private prayer so each one can make his own personal journey with the Lord.  We will provide transportation to and from San Jose Airport.

Please contact Gail D’Silva if you have any questions: (408) 314-9057 | gdsilva@olscretreat.org 

Retreat Director/Spiritual Director: Fr. Thomas Vendetti, LC

Fr. Thomas Vendetti, LCFr Thomas Vendetti is originally from Rockville, MD. He joined the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Connecticut in 1995. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and obtained a licentiate in philosophy and a bachelor's in theology. He recently completed his MA in Christian Spirituality at Fordham University in NY, focusing on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 2009 he has served in the New York Tristate area for four years as vice-rector and director of development for the Legionaries' center of philosophy in Thornwood, NY, as well as chaplain for Regnum Christi in Manhattan. From 2013 to 2016 he was local director and chaplain for Regnum Christi in Chicago. He is currently serving in the Bay Area as director for Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center and chaplain for Regnum Christi.

Spiritual Director: Fr. Juan Sabadell, LC

Fr. Juan Sabaell LC

Born in Spain in 1966, joined ECYD (1978/1981) in his teens to later become an RC member during the foundation of RC in Barcelona (1981). Entered the Legionary’s seminary in 1984, and after long years of formation in Spain and Italy, apostolate in the US and overcoming a battle with cancer (1998/99), was finally ordained a priest in Rome on January 2 2001.

Since Ordination, beyond youth ministries in the 90’s and 2000s in Madrid, he has assumed responsibilities of Business Administration and Development in North America until 2008. Served as Dean of Philosophy in Thornwood, NY (2010-2012) as well as Philosophy professor Lecturing on Metaphysics, General and Social Ethics courses. Close collaborator to Card. Velasio de Paolis during the ‘apostolic visitation’ from the Vatican (2012-2014), was, eventually appointed by Pope Francis 4thGeneral Councilor of the Legionaries of Christ (2014-2020). Assigned in late 2020 to the US, as he personally states, he is now excited to return to field work, exercising his priestly and direct pastoral duties serving as RC men’s section director and assist as Chaplain in the Locality of the Greater Detroit area.


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