Ignatian Retreat Is Offered for BC Faculty and Staff

Ignatian Retreat Is Offered for BC Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a three-day Ignatian retreat Jan. 2-5 at the Boston College Jesuit Community's house in Cohasset.

The hosts, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Joseph Appleyard, SJ, and Center for Ignatian Spirituality Director Howard Gray, SJ, describe the retreat as an opportunity to pray and reflect in an environment of quiet and community.

The theme of the retreat is "Narratives of Faith," with short stories presented each day to prompt reflection on the significance of faith in personal lives.

As many as 22 participants may be accommodated on the retreat, which is offered free of charge.

A similar retreat last year drew some 15 faculty and staff, according to Fr. Gray.

"Both Fr. Appleyard and I feel that we need to offer faculty and staff opportunities for their personal reflection about their lives and their work," he said.

"While this retreat originates out of Ignatian and Jesuit values of solitude, contemplative prayer and a quiet examination of one's life, this retreat is not meant to be an exclusively Catholic moment.

"Indeed, the only prerequisite is that whoever comes desires to find a little more of God in his or her life, or a better focus on his or her values, or just some time to review how things are going.

"This year we thought that it might be helpful to focus the retreat presentations on narratives that come out of a faith context or wrestle with issues of faith.

"This retreat is a chance to relate spirituality to the stories we share," Fr. Gray said.

Anyone interested in making the retreat is asked to contact Center for Ignatian Spirituality Administrative Secretary Cindy Blazuk (ext.2-1777 or blazuk@bc.edu) by Dec. 18 to make a reservation.
-Mark Sullivan


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