As we live into the more relaxed days of summer, we are afforded time for constructive planning for our Lay Leadership Programs. We are a-buzz with activity and stretching to meet the challenges of building Christ’s Kingdom!
Praying with St. Ignatius Retreat. Now that we have completed our spring retreats and our ministry reflection evenings in which leaders share “best practices” and revision suggestions, a committee will gather this month to revise our retreat materials as we plan for the 2015-2016 program year. The committee members include: Margaret Balewski, Martha Campbell, Joan Carney, Kathy Haag and Jean Sullivan. This fall, the retreat will be taken to Gesu Parish, University Heights and to St. John Bosco Parish, Parma Heights.
Nurturing the Call. Janet Lehane and Martha Campbell will join together to facilitate the fall program for our Praying with St. Ignatius and Spirituality Program for Adults/ Encountering Christ retreat leaders. The program will offer opportunity to hone the skills involved in small group facilitation as well as leading “Gospel Contemplation” and other prayer forms for large groups.
Food for the Journey. A group of seven interested participants joined together in discerning our focus for the coming year. In the fall, we will reflect on Accidental Theologians: Women who Shaped Christianity by Elizabeth A. Dreyer. Discovering a universal spirituality in the world’s religions will be the focus of our spring gatherings. In each series, the emphasis will be on deepening our understanding of Ignatian Spirituality in light of these perspectives.
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