Bethany Retreat Center

— Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide to Everyday Living

Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide to Everyday Living

June 8 to 11

Facilitator: Dr. Jan Satterlee

There are times when we all feel that God is very close. Prayer is easy and bears much fruit. We look forward to going to Church, helping others, and serving God in whatever ways we can…and then the bottom drops out. It feels like God has left us. It doesn’t seem like He’s listening to us, and we get discouraged. It’s hard to pray and maybe even tough to drag ourselves to Church.

The good news is these ups and downs in our daily lives with God are normal, every one of us experiences them…but they’re difficult to understand, let alone know what to do with.

St. Ignatius of Loyola calls these fluctuations “inner movements,” and he developed a very user-friendly way of recognizing these movements, understanding whether or not they are of God, and giving clear instructions on how to respond to them.

When we are able to discern these things and respond appropriately, we grow much closer to God and are able to serve Him to the best of our ability.

The fourteen rules used for discerning the spirits at work in our hearts and minds are key to understanding them and then responding–by accepting what is of God and rejecting what is not.


In this workshop we will explore the different spirits at work in our hearts and minds through group instruction and discussion, and private time of reflection. We will unpack each of the fourteen rules, some of which you’ll be happy to discover that you’re already using, but maybe not been fully aware of. In addition, you will learn how easily these rules can be applied to daily life.



Dr. Jan Satterlee, grew up in Bennetts Valley, is a graduate of SMAHS, and has a PhD in Family Psychology. She is a retired psychotherapist and is married to Deacon Dan Satterlee. They have five children and 14 grandchildren. Jan attended the five-year diaconate formation program in Erie with her husband.  Upon Dan’s ordination, she felt another call to become a spiritual director, and after learning about discernment of spirits, felt further called to share this vital component of spirituality with others. Jan and Dan live in Reynoldsville, and she is active in their home parish, St Catherine of Sienna, DuBois where Dan serves as Deacon. 





Offering: $380.00 (3 nights including meals, lodging and retreat deposit)

Deposit: $75.00

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