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The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life

Beginning September 11
In partnership with Ignatius House, STM will offer the 19th annotation format of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. Grow in your intimacy with the Lord as you meet weekly with a spiritual director who will guide you as you pray daily with the scripture passages and mediations from the Exercises. Because this is a big undertaking and an 8-9 month commitment, an application process is required. Learn more at IgnatiusHouse.org/19th-annotation.

Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian Foundations
Tuesdays, Jul. 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 or Mondays, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Ignatian Foundations offers a deeper understanding of the Ignatian worldview by studying Ignatius’ life, the Spiritual Exercises, and Jesuit history. Sessions will be led by Jesuits and lay Ignatian ministers, addressing the Ignatian themes of prayer, discernment, and freedom. Cost: $60 includes six sessions. Advance registration is required. Space is limited for the purposes of online conversation. Register.

Ignatian Discernment & Decision-Making
Tuesdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14
The most difficult decisions are not choosing between good and evil, but discerning between good choices! This workshop will lay out all the tools of Ignatian discernment and invite participants to bring their own decision-making “case studies” for the group to grapple with. We will study Ignatius’ foundation for all life decisions, examine his famous Rules for the Discernment of Spirits, and explore various methods of bringing our decisions to prayer. Participants will be equipped with tools to discern future decisions more confidently. Register.

Book Study: St. Ignatius’ Autobiography
Wednesdays, Sep. 29 to Oct. 27, 7:15pm
Discover the story and daydreams of the man who founded the Jesuits and gave the church the Spiritual Exercises. Register.

Documentary Screening: Bishop Barron on St. Ignatius of Loyola
Sunday, Sep. 19, 7pm
Bishop Robert Barron takes us to Spain to explore the story of St. Ignatius, a prideful soldier whose injurious encounter with a cannonball transformed his heart and made him a saint. A discussion will follow the 1-hour film.

Ignatian Spirituality & Yoga
Saturday, Aug. 28, 10am
Experience God’s unconditional love for us and see God in all things. We are called to discern and release that which hinders our journey with Jesus as we learn to see as God sees, and care for self and God’s creation. How might our breath and the practice of yoga bring us more deeply into Ignatian spirituality and closeness to our Creator? We’ll explore this and more through gentle movement, breath, prayer, and poetry. Space is limited. Register.

Art & Spirituality

Contemplative Photography: Awakening To Life’s Fullness Through Your Lens
Saturday, Aug. 14, 10am
In this 90-minute class you will be introduced to contemplative photography, learn ways to use your camera to help you open to deeper, fuller encounters with life, engage in some of these practices as a group, and have time for discussion. Register.

Praying with Icons
Sunday, Nov. 14, 7pm
Expand your prayer life to include the rich visual arts imagery of the Catholic Church. In this workshop we will explore the concept of Holy Reminders. These are images and icons familiar to our Catholic sensibilities that bring us into the presence of our Lord Jesus while creating them, and when we revisit them. Each participant will create one Holy Reminder, made of wood and acrylic paint. Limited to 15 participants. Register.

Wine & Paint Night
Saturday, Sep. 18, 7pm
Enjoy a night out of painting, lite fare, wine and fellowship at the Wine & Paint. Participants will create one very original and unique acrylic painting based on an elaborate still life set-up. Participants will create works of art of the same still life from different perspectives and enjoy a mini art show at the end of the night. No prior painting experience necessary. Limited to 15 participants. Register.

Marriage

Summer Lovin’ (Marriage Enrichment)
Thursdays, July 1, 8, 15, and 22 – 7:30pm, Mulhern Hall (Registration required)
What does a 16th century celibate saint have to say about marriage today? St. Ignatius of Loyola developed the Spiritual Exercises as a way for individuals to grow closer to God. If God is love, then this development can lead us closer to one another as well. Join us for a 4-week marriage enrichment program that will follow the movements of Ignatius’ 4 weeks of the Spiritual Exercises adapted for relationships. Give yourself and your marriage the gift of summer lovin’! Register.