March Lay Leadership News


Christopher Pramuk’s essay on hopefulness and possibility offers insight into a Lenten practice that promises to inform our ministry during these Lenten days. What gives you hope and what challenges you to succumb to fear? We are Christ to one another as we walk together into the Easter light that shatters all darkness. Here is where Christ’s ministry takes us:

Praying with St. Ignatius Retreats. This 8-week retreat continues on Saturday mornings at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Wickliffe. The retreat will close on Saturday, April 1st barring any snow emergencies!

Food for the Journey. This program continues as we focus our conversations on the text by Harvey D. Egan, SJ, Ignatius Loyola the Mystic. These monthly gatherings will conclude in April.

Pilgrim Way of Ignatius Loyola. Facilitated by Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM, this 4-part introduction to Ignatian Spirituality is was offered to the people of St. Mary and St. Jude Parishes, Elyria. Speakers in this series included Bob Linton, Amy McKenna, Debbie Dacone and Rev. Paul Barbins.

Ignatian Spirituality Collaborative. Representatives from 10 Ignatian ministries in northeast Ohio met in January to offer support and to cooperate in offering our various programs.


The following modules are currently being offered: Ignatian Foundations. The Board of Regents of St. Ignatius High School will gather for a day of retreat on Sunday, March 19th . Facilitated by Martha Campbell and Rich Jerdonek, the retreat will focus on Ignatian Discernment and Decision Making: Diversity and Inclusion – “Finding God in All People.”

The Christian at Work in the World. Co-leaders, Sharon Bramante and Laura Fibbi, will offer sessions on “Catholic Social Teaching” at Blessed Trinity Parish, Cleveland. The module with begin on March 7th and conclude with a retreat morning on April 22nd.

Embracing the Mystery. Emma Krueger will offer the second session of this module to 31 participants at St. Noel Parish, Willoughby Hills. The program focuses on the lived experience of Christ’s paschal mystery.

Living Prayer. This ecumenical retreat-in-daily life continues at Celebration Lutheran Church, Chardon where members of the Chardon Ministerial Congregations are participating. Team members include: Martha Campbell, Amy McKenna, Sandy Appeldorn, Rev. Paul Barbins, Mary Ann Burke, SND, Joyce Gordon and Emma Krueger.


Read the entire 2017 March Newsletter.

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