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December 2014

Posted December 01, 2014 in Lay Leadership

A Word from the Director

As we begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent we are challenged to take up our baptismal call to be prophets of the Messiah: to straighten the crooked roads of our lives, to transform “deserts” barren of love into places of welcome and reconciliation, to gather up the lost and forgotten, and to proclaim the coming of God’s Christ in our midst. Here is how we are presently engaged in our call:

Praying with St. Ignatius Retreats. The retreats at Our Lady of the Lake and Blessed Trinity parishes concluded in November. Members of the two retreats teams that served at these parishes came together on December 3rd to share stories of their experiences and to review “best practices.” Pictured below are the team members:

Nurturing the Call. On December 13th , Janet Lehane and Martha Campbell will co-lead a morning program for 15 retreat leaders focusing on “Guiding Gospel Contemplation for Large Groups.” Beginning on Sunday, January 25th , Joan Nuth and Martha Campbell will begin a semester-long program which will prepare graduates of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute to lead contemplative group retreats. Limited to 8 participants this program is a joint effort of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University and Jesuit Retreat House.

Food for the Journey. The fall book reflection program which focused on the process of conversion as witnessed in The Spiral Staircase, a memoir by Karen Armstrong, concluded on December 6th . One participant reflected, “So much contributed to opening heart and mind to God and to each other.” Another commented, “I looked forward to this reflection group with these fantastic people.”

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