Recap: January Seminar Retreat for Spiritual Directors
Jan. 29, 2019 — by Lisa Hastings
Forty spiritual directors gathered in central Massachusetts from Jan. 10 through 13, 2019, to participate in a four-day seminar focused on giving the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises to others. The purpose of the seminar was to offer trained spiritual directors who had made the Spiritual Exercises an opportunity to explore the dynamics of being a spiritual director for this experience.
Facilitated by Rev. Jim Bowler, S.J., former director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University and instructor at the Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, the seminar was structured in a retreat format, including periods of discussion, prayer, silence, and the Ignatian dynamic of individual reflection and group conversation. Among the participants were eight Jesuits, several participants in their 30’s and 40’s, and the group was a nearly even split between men and women. Jesuit apostolates represented included the University of Scranton, College of the Holy Cross, Fairfield University, Canisius High School, St. Francis Xavier Parish in Manhattan, St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill, St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, and Jesuit communities in Raleigh and Buffalo.
The seminar was offered by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality as a pilot program in response to the need across the East Coast Jesuit provinces for more training in giving the Exercises.
May 15, 2020 – This two-part video series is excerpted from OIS's spiritual direction workshop, titled "Beyond the Myths of Grief: Wisdom for Spiritual Accompaniment" and presented by Melissa Kelley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. This workshop was presented on April 21, 2018.
May 14, 2020 – An online mini-retreat at Pentecost for Ignatian spiritual directors, happening on May 28, 2020. This retreat is an opportunity for spiritual directors to reflect on how the pandemic experience has been affecting you and your ministry.
While life has always been marked by change and loss, nothing could have prepared us for the sudden loss of “life as we know it” and the suffering that we have witnessed recently. In this live online program, Nicholas Collura, M.Div., will consider experiences of grief in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to deepen our spiritual lives and, as St. Ignatian would say in the Exercises, “to reflect and to take advantage” of the richness of the readings that we will hear. Watch these short video reflections on the Sunday Gospels.