Loyola University Maryland

Campus Ministry

The Examen

A student praying/reflecting at the alter of a chapel.

Often called the quintessential Ignatian prayer, the Examen is a priceless tool of self-awareness and a crucial aid to discernment. Ignatius was convinced that even a few minutes of prayerful reflection on the events of one's day could open our eyes to the action of God in our daily lives and open our hearts to respond in humility and gratitude.

Campus Ministry offers our campus community the following resources and programs to support the incorporation of The Examen in Loyola programs and in individual's daily reflection practices.

Facilitated Examen

Campus Ministry staff and student interns are prepared and available to facilitate Examen practices for your office, group or class.  An Examen may be tailored to your group or theme or can be general.  We can also provide materials to support your staff in leading your own Examen.  Please contact Sean Bray, sbray@loyola.edu or 410-617-2838, to request a facilitator or materials.

Weekly Examen

Join us for a weekly examen to step back from your busy day and take a few minutes for reflection.

When: Every Thursday from 5-5:30 p.m.!

Where: Located in the Alumni Memorial Chapel.

Contact: Flor Paniagua-Peart at mfpaniagua-peart@loyola.edu.

Student Testimonials:

Nick, '20: "Going to the Weekly Examen is such an awesome part of my week. By Thursday, I'm usually super busy―and super tired. The Weekly Examen offers me a rare moment of stillness and clarity to reflect on my week: the highs, the lows, and what I can do differently in the future. On top of that, it's very relaxing."

Elisabeth, '20: "I love the Weekly Examen because it offers a great way to center myself at the end of what is usually a busy week. It gives me a set time to reflect and be attentive to the times that I have seen God at work in my week."

Jack, '23: "I have a tendency to let life pass me by all too quickly. I fail to step back to see God in the hustle and bustle of college life. The Examen allows me to take time to pause and reflect on where I can see God through the common, ordinary, unspectacular flow of everyday life that will help me to experience a sense of liberation and freedom."

Pocket Examen

Our Pocket Examens are colorful, illustrated cards with a quick overview of the 5 steps of the examen, small enough to fit next to your Loyola ID.  Come pick a printed card up anytime in Campus Ministry in Cohn Hall, or download it below. Loyola Community members can also request copies for your group or office by emailing cmmarcommpm@loyola.edu

Download Pocket Examen