The Examen

To intentionally incorporate moments of meaningful prayer into our daily lives, St. Joseph’s Academy pauses at 1:53 p.m. each day to pray the Examen as a school community. 

The Examen is a spiritual practice developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Father Jean-Pierre Medaille, a Jesuit priest, shared this form of prayer with the Sisters of St. Joseph, whose charism is rooted in Ignatian spirituality. Father Medaille prayed it with the Sisters as a guiding tool to keep their actions rooted in an intimate encounter with the living Christ in their daily lives. 

The Examen is a sharing of the heart, a daily prayer practice to help us review the day with God, grow in faith and become aware of God’s sustaining presence in our everyday lives. Within the Examen prayer, we thank God for the gifts of the day, walk through our entire day with the Holy Spirit, acknowledge the areas where we can improve and then look forward to the day to come by asking for God’s grace.

The Examen Explained

Pray with SJA


Print the Examen

Download a printable Examen here.


For questions regarding Faith Development at SJA, please contact:
Alise Alexander Ruch
Campus Minister
(225) 388-2255

Jade Spears
Assistant Campus Minister
(225) 388-2296

Sister Chris Pologa
Pastoral Care/Mission Integration
(225) 388-2202

2021-2022 Charism Theme

Our annual charism themes are inspired by the unique charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph. 
The charism theme for the 2021-2022 academic year is Relationships: Sacred Threads that Connect.