Jesuit Refugee Service Works to Provide Education

Jesuit Refugee Service provides an update on their work in providing education: “Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war. I’m ever more convinced of that,” says Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Fr. Peter Balleis S.J. “Learning is a way to nourish, in a situation of utter despair, the hope in people, the hope in children. It is so important to get (displaced and refugee) children into school, to establish […]

Ignatian Spirituality Conference

This summer Saint Louis University and the Jesuits of the U.S. Central and Southern province will host the triennial Ignatian Spirituality Conference. The conference theme is “Ignatian Silence: Heart of Mission.” Early registration closes March 31, 2015. See what Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, the Jesuit Superior General, said about silence in a 2013 interview. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video for this post Ignatian Spirituality Conference.

Fairfield Launches Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Fairfield University launched its new Center for Ignatian Spirituality in late November. The center will offer retreats, including the full Spiritual Exercises, and it will train spiritual directors. During the program, University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, SJ, remarked: Ignatius’ experience as we know was one of a profound one-on-one relationship with God. He came to believe that God was in fact educating him, personally, “from above,” leading him purposefully step-by-step, from the life of […]

Surprises on the Ignatian Pilgrimage

The Camino Ignaciano is a pilgrimage that traces the route St. Ignatius Loyola walked after his conversion in 1522. We’ve talked about it a few times on this blog, but today we have a few thoughts from an Indonesian Jesuit currently walking this Camino, via one of the pilgrimage organizers. I am really blessed. All has gone well so far except the second day. From Zumarraga to Arantzazu it was raining the whole day. That […]

The Sunday Website

Saint Louis University’s Sunday Website provides resources for preparing for weekly Mass and better understanding the readings. One of the reflections for yesterday takes up the question, “Does God want us to be happy?” Read it, and explore the rest of the site here.

Ignatian Spirituality Project

We’ve highlighted the Ignatian Spirituality Project before on this blog. ISP offers retreats to those who are homeless in cities across the United States. Learn more about their mission in this two-minute video. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Ignatian Spirituality Project.

On the Frontlines of Faith

CNN’s Belief blog carried an article by Matt Emerson on “Why the Jesuits (Including Pope Francis) Are on the Frontlines of Faith.” It’s a good overview of the relevance of the Society of Jesus in the modern era. Talking about Ignatian indifference, Emerson says: That freedom has imbued the Society of Jesus with a spirit of re-creation for five centuries, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it continues to inspire Jesuits for the next 500 […]

Prayer Suggestions for the Pope

Each month, the Apostleship of Prayer shares two specific prayer intentions of the pope, one a universal intention and one focused on an area of evangelization. June’s universal intention is for the unemployed, as reflected in this video. From now until the end of the month, the Apostleship of Prayer is accepting suggestions on behalf of Pope Francis for the next year’s intentions. If you have a prayer suggestion for the pope, share it via […]

New Vocations Website

The Society of Jesus has launched a new vocations website. An interactive video “chat” headlines the site. While the site is primarily for men interested in exploring a vocation to the Jesuits, many features will be of interest to the wider Ignatian audience. Among these are graphics highlighting hallmarks of Jesuit spirituality and gifts of consolation and videos on discernment. Explore the site, and pass it on to a young man who might be interested.

JRS Way of the Cross

The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA offers an online Way of the Cross (also available as a PDF), with reflections and photographs from worldwide JRS projects. “By prayerfully accompanying Jesus on his way of suffering and death, our gratitude for God’s gift of redemption grows stronger. And in this gratitude, we become more interested in assisting our sisters and brothers who suffer so terribly today,” said Fr. Kevin White, SJ, coordinator of Mission and Identity for JRS/USA.

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