Image #17 Days-Evenings of PrayerDays/Evenings of Prayer are an opportunity to get a taste of the Loyola retreat experience. Days of Prayer are Ignatian mini-retreats in semi-silence from 9:30am to 3:00pm (unless otherwise noted) and include a light breakfast and lunch, Reconciliation and Mass. Evenings are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and include input for prayer, private prayer and sharing of the graces for the evening.

 

 

 

 

Days of Prayer

Sunday, June 30, 2019 – BIOSPIRITUAL FOCUSING COMPANIONING GROUP

(2:00pm - 5:00pm)

Led by Sr. Helen Beairsto, r.c.

This afternoon is for all those who have completed both Level 1 and 2 Trainings in Biospiritual Focusing. The afternoon will offer time for continuing input on the spiritual aspects of the Biospiritual Focusing. It will offer time for questions and sharing. This will be followed by entering into a practicum among those who attend in the form of 1:1 partnering to experience being companioned and companioning while building a form of community together.

Evenings of Prayer

Wednesdays, September 11, 2019 – October 30, 2019 – SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 8 WEEK FORMAT

(7:00pm - 8:30pm)  8 consecutive Wednesday evenings

Led by Marie Santana

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola are a program of meditations, prayers, considerations, and contemplative practices that help Christian faith become more fully alive in the everyday life of contemporary people. They are a way for everyone to seek and find God in their workplaces, homes, families, and community.

The Spiritual Exercises (SE) were written by St Ignatius of Loyola during the 1530’s. He was very clear to state that the SE could be adapted to whatever situation, allowing “more” people to experience them. In particular, this version has been adapted to offer the SE to those with full-time jobs, busy families, and/or others who cannot afford the length of time of the 19th Annotation Retreat in Daily Life (30 weeks, meeting once a week with a spiritual director) or the 30 Day Away Retreat.

The SE 8-Week Format (meets once a week for 1.5 hours): This version contains all the topics that are part of the Original (all 4 IGNATIAN WEEKS) without compromising its integrity. The consolidation and new structure is achieved by the selection of each topic without the “repetition” that is part of the Original Version. It includes scripture as well as commentary by various Jesuit sources, giving it a fresh, updated view and richer in its diversity of thought.

Mondays, September 16, 2019 – October 7, 2019 – FALL BOOK CLUB SERIES

4 Week Series on Monday Evenings

(7:00pm – 8:30pm)

Led by Karen Florance

Join us as we read and faith share Wrestling with God: Finding Hope and Meaning in our Daily Struggles to be Human by Ronald Rolheiser.

“In Wrestling with God, Ronald Rolheiser offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us avow and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, the beloved author examines the fears and doubts that challenge us. It is in these struggles to find meaning, that Rolheiser lays out a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, but perhaps more important, he helps us find our own rhythm within which to walk that path.” ~Goodreads

About the author

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years. He has been at Oblate School of Theology since 2005.

Our evenings will include chapter review, faith sharing on reflection questions, as well as time for private prayer. Please purchase the book on your own prior to the first evening. We recommend purchasing the book through Amazon Smile which donates a portion of the purchase price back to Loyola.

Session 1 - September 16th - Chapters Preface - Wrestling with Our Erotic Energies (pgs 13 – 62)

Session 2 - September 23rd - Chapters Wrestling with Fear – Wrestling with the Gospel Mandate to Reach Out to the Poor (pgs 63– 97)

Session 3 - September 30th - Chapters - Wrestling with Faith and Doubt – Wrestling with God (pgs 99 – 155)

Session 4 - October 7th - Chapters - Wrestling for Faith within a Complex Culture – Some Guidelines for the Long Haul (pgs 157 – 196)

Wednesdays, March 4, 2020 – April 22, 2020 – SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 8 WEEK FORMAT

(7:00pm - 8:30pm)  8 consecutive Wednesday evenings

Led by Marie Santana

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola are a program of meditations, prayers, considerations, and contemplative practices that help Christian faith become more fully alive in the everyday life of contemporary people. They are a way for everyone to seek and find God in their workplaces, homes, families, and community.

The Spiritual Exercises (SE) were written by St Ignatius of Loyola during the 1530’s. He was very clear to state that the SE could be adapted to whatever situation, allowing “more” people to experience them. In particular, this version has been adapted to offer the SE to those with full-time jobs, busy families, and/or others who cannot afford the length of time of the 19th Annotation Retreat in Daily Life (30 weeks, meeting once a week with a spiritual director) or the 30 Day Away Retreat.

The SE 8-Week Format (meets once a week for 1.5 hours): This version contains all the topics that are part of the Original (all 4 IGNATIAN WEEKS) without compromising its integrity. The consolidation and new structure is achieved by the selection of each topic without the “repetition” that is part of the Original Version. It includes scripture as well as commentary by various Jesuit sources, giving it a fresh, updated view and richer in its diversity of thought.

Mondays, April 13, 2020 – May 4, 2020 – SPRING BOOK CLUB SERIES

4 Week Series on Monday Evenings

(7:00pm – 8:30pm)

Led by Karen Florance

Join us as we read and faith share An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor.

“In An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor shares how she learned to encounter God far beyond the walls of the church. Taylor reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, from simple practices such as walking, working, and prayer. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of meditation if we pay attention to what we're doing and take time to notice the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries. As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do. Through Taylor's expert guidance and delicate, thought-provoking prose, we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.” ~Goodreads

About the author

Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People; in 2015 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year; in 2016 she received The President’s Medal at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercer University.

Our evenings will include chapter review, faith sharing on reflection questions, as well as time for private prayer. Please purchase the book on your own prior to the first evening. We recommend purchasing the book through Amazon Smile which donates a portion of the purchase price back to Loyola.

Session 1 - April 13th - Chapters - Introduction - The Practice of Wearing Skin (pgs xiii – 51)

Session 2 - April 20th - Chapters - The Practice of Walking on the Earth – The Practice of Encountering Others (pgs 53– 105)

Session 3 - April 27th - Chapters - The Practice of Living with Purpose – The Practice of Carrying Water (pgs 107 – 153)

Session 4 - May 4th - Chapters - The Practice of Feeling Pain – The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings (pgs 157 – 209)