Recap: January Seminar Retreat for Spiritual Directors
Jan. 29, 2019 — by Lisa Hastings
Forty spiritual directors gathered in central Massachusetts from Jan. 10 through 13, 2019, to participate in a four-day seminar focused on giving the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises to others. The purpose of the seminar was to offer trained spiritual directors who had made the Spiritual Exercises an opportunity to explore the dynamics of being a spiritual director for this experience.
Facilitated by Rev. Jim Bowler, S.J., former director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University and instructor at the Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, the seminar was structured in a retreat format, including periods of discussion, prayer, silence, and the Ignatian dynamic of individual reflection and group conversation. Among the participants were eight Jesuits, several participants in their 30’s and 40’s, and the group was a nearly even split between men and women. Jesuit apostolates represented included the University of Scranton, College of the Holy Cross, Fairfield University, Canisius High School, St. Francis Xavier Parish in Manhattan, St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill, St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, and Jesuit communities in Raleigh and Buffalo.
The seminar was offered by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality as a pilot program in response to the need across the East Coast Jesuit provinces for more training in giving the Exercises.
The colloquium, held at the Campion Conference & Renewal Center in Weston, MA, on Sept. 11, 2019, considered some of the key challenges facing aging Jesuits. It explored ways in which the Exercises can assist an aging Jesuit with insight, warmness of heart, and a spiritual freedom that gracefully leads to final fulfillment in God.
October 3, 2019 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Missionary spring in the Church. "We must also remember that the soul of the Church’s mission is prayer. In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary spring for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church."
Sept. 4, 2019 – OIS is launching a new program this fall called Las Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas, or Hispanic Ignatian Communities. The Comunidades will be comprised of 15 to 20 adults committed to deepening their faith, accompanying one another on their spiritual journey, and putting their faith into action.
September 4, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for the protection of the ocean. "Our solidarity with the 'common home' is born from our faith. Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans."
Sept. 4, 2019 – The Season of Creation began on Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 4. Christians around the world are encouraged to pray for the care of Creation and to consider ways to act. Below are some resources from a variety of Catholic environmental organizations to help you more substantively engage in this Season.
August 5, 2019 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for families and the role that they play in teaching future generations. "Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly 'schools of true human development'."