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Food for the Journey

Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World

Virtual / In-Person

Saturday, September 14, 2024 from 9:00am - 12:00pm EST
Saturday, October 19, 2024 from 9:00am - 12:00pm EST
Saturday, November 16, 2024 from 9:00am - 12:00pm EST
Saturday, December 14, 2024 from 9:00am - 12:00pm EST

Food for the Journey

This program is for spiritual directors, retreat leaders, pastoral ministers, and those who have completed the full Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

Study / Prayer Sessions based on Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World
(ISBN: 9781591810018) with Dr. Beatrice Bruteau, Christian Philosopher, Author, and Pioneer in Inter-Spirituality and Contemplative Thinking.

Come, join the gathered community as we engage conversation with Dr. Beatrice Bruteau through her text, Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World. In a world increasingly marked by violence and pessimism, Dr. Bruteau demonstrates that there is a better way. “Radical optimism is our deepest response to the immense challenges of our contemporary world and the expression of the most essential truth we can know: each of us is one with God, here and now.” We will be invited to live into authentic spirituality as a way of challenging cultural discord. Thomas Keating, OCSO has commented: “Beatrice Bruteau’s outstanding gift for articulating the contemplative life is enshrined in this book.”

These four study/prayer sessions are designed to enrich our personal spiritual deepening for ministry. Our gatherings will include prayer (silent and communal), input, and faith-sharing, based on our prayerful reading of the text. To facilitate the process, chapter assignments will be communicated and should be read in advance. The only pre-requisite for participating in these sessions is a desire to embrace God in the whole of your life.

Program cost for the series is $120 due by August 14th, 2024.

Scholarship funding is available.

This is a Hybrid Program. September and December Sessions will take place via Zoom. October and November Sessions will take place in the Main Chapel at Jesuit Retreat Center.

For information on the program and to register, contact Martha Campbell at

Registration deadline: Wednesday, August 14th, 2024


Martha Campbell, M.A., Psy.D.


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