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November 2013

Posted November 01, 2013 in Lay Leadership

A Word from the Director

Personal discernment, informed by regular reflection on experience (the practice of the Examen) becomes a way of life, a habit. As we live into the program year, this process is informing our communal sense of call as well. How are we called to stay flexible to the needs of God’s people? Here are the people and places we’ve engaged.

Ignatian Currents. 45 participants experienced in the October Program, “Embracing God’s Love in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola” which was facilitated by Janice Bachman, OP. Participants welcomed reflections on freedom and God’s transforming love offered from a Jungian perspective. One participant reflected: “I thought this program would enrich my ministry but never expected the personal validation and new insights for my own prayer life.” Another shared, “It was a perfect rhythm of prayer, input, reflection and sharing and far exceeded my expectations. It awakened in me something I dare not ignore any longer.”

Praying with St. Ignatius Retreats. During this month 72 retreatants will complete the retreats held at Jesuit Retreat House, Gesu Parish and St. Mary Parish, Hudson. We will be meeting to review our experience in early December, making plans for our Lenten retreats which will take place at Lakewood Catholic Academy and St. Basil the Great Parish.

Nurturing the Call. Our three-part series concludes this month as we focus on “Guiding Gospel Contemplation for Large Groups.” 18 participants have engaged the process. In addition, a Saturday morning session will be held. See next page for some additional information. Time to register!

Food for the Journey. This program which focuses on “The Process of Conversion in the Life of Augustine of Hippo” continues this month. See more details on the next page.

Ignatian Spirituality Collaborative met at Jesuit Retreat House on September 25th. Participants from 6 Ignatian ministries in northeast Ohio gathered to coordinate and support one another in our various ministries.

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