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July 2014

Posted July 01, 2014 in Lay Leadership

A Word from the Director

During these summer months, we are looking at our recent experience and discerning God’s call for this coming program year. Here is what is taking shape:

Lay Leadership Advisory Committee. This 14-member committee met in late May to review the present marketing practices for the Lay Leadership Programs. A SWOT analysis led to some suggestions for better marketing practices. Subsequently a marketing sub-committee, Kathy Haag, Rev. Doug Koesel, Sr. Mary Rose Kocab and Jean Sullivan, surfaced action steps to be taken this summer. Margaret Balewski, Martha Campbell and Jean Sullivan have begun working on this action plan.

Praying with St. Ignatius Retreat. The leader handbooks as well as the participant materials used in this retreat are being reviewed and updated summer. Thanks to Margaret Balewski, Joan Carney, Kathy Haag and Jean Sullivan, our updated program materials will be ready for our fall retreats.

Nurturing the Call. Martha Campbell and Janet Lehane will once again team up to offer a learning process to the Leaders/Facilitators of the Praying with St. Ignatius and the St Ignatius & Walsh Jesuit Spirituality Program for Adults. Taking place during three evenings and one Saturday morning this coming fall, participants will gather to cultivate their leadership skills, refresh and renew their spiritual grounding for ministry and share in spiritual community. Details to follow.

Food for the Journey. Spiritual directors, retreat leaders, pastoral ministers and those who have made the full Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola will gather this fall to reflect on the process of conversion as seen in the life of a contemporary spiritual leader, Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion. To learn more about Karen Armstrong just google “Karen Armstrong” where you will find many YouTube videos featuring her work.

Ignatian Spirituality Collaborative of Northeast Ohio. The Collaborative met in late gay and welcomed representatives from two new member organizations: Cathy Duer, Regional Director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and Jeff Nichols of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, Men’s Team. Linda Catanzaro and Jeff Nichols announced their first ever fund raiser to take place on Saturday evening, October 25th. Save the date and watch for more details!

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