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June 2016

Posted June 01, 2016 in Lay Leadership

A Word from the Director

As we begin the summer season, we look back at our past program year in gratitude and forward with an eye to the future, learning from our experience. What is the “something new” that God will inspire? We are open, listening and ready!

Ignatian Currents Program. On May 6 th and 7th , 68 people gathered to share community and to experience the spiritual insights of Constance FitzGerald, OCD and Brian McDermott, SJ who offered a program entitled “Christ Consciousness: Carmelite and Ignatian Spiritualities in Dialogue.” Due to illness, Sr. Connie was unable to be present. Many participants expressed appreciation that the program continued despite Sr. Connie’s inability to be present as well as appreciation for Fr. Brian’s willingness to present Sr. Connie’s material.

The Praying with St. Ignatius Retreat. Members of the retreat teams for St. Christopher and Our Lady Help of Christians Parishes gathered in early May for a Ministry Reflection Evening. We took time to prayerfully reflect on inspiring moments that occurred during these retreats as well as those challenging times which led to new insights for change. Subsequently, Margaret Balewski, Martha Campbell, Kathy Haag and Jean Sullivan met to discuss revisions to the retreat handbook. Feedback from the 26 leaders who served as retreat team members during this past year will be included in the revision process.

Nurturing the Call. Sr. Peggy Duffy, OSU will lead our fall program which will consist of four sessions to be held on Tuesday evenings focusing on leading Gospel Contemplation for large groups. See details on page 2.

Food for the Journey. This program offered for spiritual directors, retreat leaders, pastoral ministers and those who have made the full Spiritual Exercises, will resume in the fall. We will focus our reflections on John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. See details on page 2.

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