November – A Word From The Lay Leadership Director

Personal discernment, informed by regular reflection on
experience (the practice of the Examen) becomes a way of
life, a habit. As we live into the program year, this process is
informing our communal sense of call as well. How are we
called to stay flexible to the needs of God’s people? Here
are the people and places we’ve engaged.

Ignatian Currents. 45 participants experienced in the
October Program, “Embracing God’s Love in the Spiritual
Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola” which was facilitated by
Janice Bachman, OP. Participants welcomed reflections on
freedom and God’s transforming love offered from a Jungian
perspective. One participant reflected: “I thought this
program would enrich my ministry but never expected the
personal validation and new insights for my own prayer life.”
Another shared, “It was a perfect rhythm of prayer, input,
reflection and sharing and far exceeded my expectations. It
awakened in me something I dare not ignore any longer.”

Praying with St. Ignatius Retreats. During this month 72
retreatants will complete the retreats held at Jesuit Retreat
House, Gesu Parish and St. Mary Parish, Hudson. We will be
meeting to review our experience in early December, making
plans for our Lenten retreats which will take place at
Lakewood Catholic Academy and St. Basil the Great Parish.

Nurturing the Call. Our three-part series concludes this
month as we focus on “Guiding Gospel Contemplation for
Large Groups.” 18 participants have engaged the process. In
addition, a Saturday morning session will be held. See next
page for some additional information. Time to register!

Food for the Journey. This program which focuses on “The
Process of Conversion in the Life of Augustine of Hippo”
continues this month. See more details on the next page.

Ignatian Spirituality Collaborative met at Jesuit Retreat
House on September 25th. Participants from 6 Ignatian
ministries in northeast Ohio gathered to coordinate and
support one another in our various ministries.


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