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the center for ignatian spirituality

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A sample of events offered in the past...

 

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Suffering, Loss and God

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In everyday life, there are periods of great darkness. Suffering and loss are a powerful, but inevitable part of every person’s experience. Sharing this pain with another—and with God — can help a person to give meaning to their experience.


The Center for Ignatian Spirituality will offer a three-session workshop in "Suffering, Loss and God", led by Tim Kochems, PhD, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, and Michael G. Boughton, S.J., the Director of the Center.

Tuesdays: January 24, 31 and February 7
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Rahner House, 96 College Road

This lunch series is open to BC faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students. Please feel free to share this with people within your department. Enrollment is limited so please e-mail Cindy Blazuk at blazuk@bc.edu to secure a seat.

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To Be A Pilgrim

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In this program, three colleagues will reflect on a recent Boston College Ignatian pilgrimage to Spain and Rome. We hope to communicate some of the dynamics of pilgrimage from the perspectives of a Protestant administrator, a priest who offered Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Jesuit who organized and led the trip.

The lunches will be moderated by Burt Howell of Intersections and will include guest speakers:  Anthony Penna, director of Campus Ministry on February 15, and Michael Boughton, S.J., director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality on February 22. The presentations will invite the participants to examine the spiritual dimension of the practice of intentional travel and to learn more about the life of Ignatius of Loyola, saint and founder of the Society of Jesus.

Wednesdays: February 8, 15, and 22
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Rahner House, 96 College Road

This lunch series is open to BC faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students. Enrollment is limited so please e-mail Cindy Blazuk at blazuk@bc.edu to secure a seat.

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Paying Attention to What Matters

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Back by popular demand, a lunchtime seminar for three Tuesdays this fall on "free association" and the "examen" of Saint Ignatius Loyola: two different traditions, two fruitful practices, both of which can lead a person to greater freedom and deepened relationships.

"Free association” is the foundational practice of psychoanalysis; the “examen" is an Ignatian practice of prayer, which seeks to deepen one's relationship with God.

PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT MATTERS is a conversation about and experience of these two methods of self knowledge and growth, led by Tim Kochems, Ph D and Michael Boughton, SJ.

Tuesday: October 11, 18 and 25
Noon to 1pm
Rahner House, 96 College Road

This seminar is open to BC faculty, staff, and administrators. Enrollment is limited so please email Cindy Blazuk at blazuk@bc.edu to secure a place at the table.

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Discernment: Decision Making in Search of God and Self

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Join STM’s Sr. Barbara Quinn, RSCJ, for four Monday lunchtime workshops on the process of discernment: our search to understand and respond to how God is acting, inviting and leading in our lives.

This workshop will take place Monday, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, from noon to 1:00 PM at Rahner House, 96 College Road.


This workshop is open to BC faculty, staff and administrators. Enrollment is limited. To register, please contact Cindy Blazuk (blazuk@bc.edu) or call 617-552-1777.

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The Modernity of Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises

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In this workshop we will pay attention to the philosophical content in which St. Ignatius and the first Jesuits developed their spiritual response to “Modernity.” We will explore the meaning of “Modernity” and how it affected the religious discourse of the first Jesuits. We will see how the Ignatian “way of proceeding‟ was modern in its manner of dealing with the Scientific Revolution and the philosophies of its time.

This workshop will be led by Tomeu Estelrich PhD, Assistant Director of BC‟s Center for Student Formation and the Jesuit Institute. This work-shop is open to BC faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students.

Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15 and 22
noon to 1:00 PM
Rahner House, 96 College Road

Enrollment is limited. To register, please contact Cindy Blazuk at 617-552-1777 or email blazuk@bc.edu.

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Ways of Praying

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In the 1660’s English poet George Herbert wrote:

"Prayer, the Church’s banquet … the soul of paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage … a kind of tune … softness, and peace, and joy, and love and bliss … heaven in ordinary … the soul’s blood … the land of spaces, something understood."

His words still speak to believers who desire to respond to God’s love and invitation by lifting their hands, minds, and voices to God in prayer.

Join noted spiritual director, Sr. Justine Lyons, RSCJ, for two lunchtime sessions of presentation and discussion on ways of praying:

Wednesday, November 2 and 9
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Rahner House, 96 College Road

This workshop is open to BC faculty, staff and administrators. Enrollment is limited. To register, please contact Cindy Blazuk (blazuk@bc.edu) or call 617-5552-1777.