Ignatian Spirituality Retreat

Cecilia Formby was born in England and migrated to Australia in 1973. She is married with seven children, many foster children, a grandmother and great grandmother. Cecilia trained in the Arrupe Program and now gives the Spiritual Exercises and spiritual direction. She is also in the Ministry of Supervision of Spiritual Directors.

Cecilia is Secretary of Companions in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius.

Cecilia is a member of Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality

The Spiritual Exercises are based on the spiritual program designed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and taught through the Jesuit ministry. There can be many different ways of doing them, eg. 30 days, this would call for 30 days away from home, either a retreat centre or a place where one can stay away from familiar distractions. 30 week retreat in daily life, means staying at home and committing to a period of prayer each day on a given piece of Scripture, catching up with a guide 1 hour per week to have Spiritual Conversation and get the next weeks Scripture readings. 8 day retreat can be in a similar location as the 30 day retreat or at home at a gentler pace, meeting with a guide daily. Individual companioning would be meeting with a guide on a monthly basis.

The 1st Spiritual Exercise is a four week “in home” retreat. This involves 5 meetings with certain spiritual exercises during the intervening weeks. A guide book and individual guidance is available.

Cecilia is a lay director and leader of the programs.

Kedron Brook Catholic Community

23 Lovedale Street, Wilston QLD

Parish Office

Good Samaritan Parish


St. Columba’s

170 Kedron Brook Road, Wilston (enter via 23 Lovedale St)


St. Carthage’s

115 Beaconsfield Terrace, Gordon Park

St John the Baptist Parish


St John the Baptist

133 South Pine Road, Enoggera


Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

18 Halle Street, Everton Park