May – A word from the Lay Leadership Director

As our program year winds down, we reflect back on what has been as we plan for what will be … all in the grace given us by the Spirit of Christ who empowers us for mission.
Praying with St. Ignatius Retreats. Our retreat at St. Basil the Great Parish concluded this past month.
On the concluding night of the retreat, the Leadership Team paused in thankfulness and fellowship. Pictured above are Retreat Team Members (left to right): Carl Toomey, Deborah Zawislan, Joan Carney, Dottie Rieman, Laura Kuhn, Margaret Balewski, Sr. Mary An Burke, Rich Jerdonek and Sr. Judith Wood.
Nurturing the Call. Ignatian Spirituality Institute participants and grads along with leaders/facilitators of the Praying with St. Ignatius Retreat and the St. Ignatius Spirituality Program for Adults joined with our facilitator, Joe Konen, for the program: Exploring Personality Type for Personal Growth and Ministerial Effectiveness. The final session of this three-part series concludes on May 9th.
Food for the Journey. Our spring program, Exploring the Interior Castle with Teresa of Avila, concluded this past month when participants reflected on the Seventh Dwelling Places. Teresa of Avila’s teaching takes us where Ignatius Loyola would have us go, out into our active lives transformed in Christ.

Module News
May will see the conclusion of two modules: Ignatian Spirituality: Grounding for Life and Leadership (final session with the Board of Regents at St. Ignatius High School on May 6th), Welcome to Ignatian Adulthood: A Program of Discernment and Decision-Making (final session of this pilot with young adults on May 11th). The Christian at Work in the World continues this month on May 18th and concludes next month on June 4th. Plans are being made to design and develop the final two modules of the program: Embracing Life, Embracing Death and Encountering the Living God through Jesus Christ.

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