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October 2012

Posted October 01, 2012 in Lay Leadership

A Word from the Director

In essence, our ministry is a ministry of listening … to God, to self, to one another, to all God’s People. Here is where our ministry of listening has and will take us this month:

Ignatian Currents. Dr. Elizabeth Dreyer, professor emerita of Religious Studies at Fairfield University and adjunct professor at Hartford Seminary, joined a gathering of 55 participants this past month for a two part program on The Incarnational Theology of Ignatius Loyola. Inspiring us to realize the radical nature of St. Ignatius’ theology of incarnation, she challenged us to a deeper realization of the non-dual nature of reality. She empowered her listeners to be “grass roots theologians” as we live into a realized understanding of God-with-us.

Praying with St. Ignatius Retreats. Two retreats are being offered this fall: Assumption Parish (Broadview Heights) is hosting this 8-week retreat on Tuesdays evenings through November 13th. The leadership team includes Kathy Haag, Bill Hunt and Pat Cleary-Burns. Parishioners from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (West) are inviting members of Sts. Malachi, Colman, Patrick and Wendelin Parishes to join them on Sunday afternoons through November 18th for the retreat experience. The retreat team is comprised of Jackie Krejcik, Jan Leitch and Dottie Rieman. Joan Carney coordinates these retreats.

Nurturing the Call. Leaders from St. Ignatius and Walsh Jesuit High Schools’ Spirituality Program for Adults are joining with retreat leaders from JRH Praying with St. Ignatius Retreat to strengthen their leadership skills while building community. A prayerful, hands-on approach will encourage a radical stance of allowing the Spirit to guide us. (See page 2 for details)

Food for the Journey. This month and continuing into the winter/spring, we gather to explore Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. We will apply Teresa’s teaching to our ministries of spiritual direction, retreat leadership and pastoral ministry. 25 participants will be part of this fall program. (See page 2 for details.)

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