Three keynote talks will examine significant movements in the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises.
Sr. Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, Liturgical Theologian and Former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy
Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, is a sacramental theologian, teacher, speaker and writer who has recently completed six years as leader of her religious order, the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States. She is now occupied with issues of spirituality and prayer and the retrieval and reinterpretation of traditional wisdom and practice for contemporary life.
Sr. Kathleen has written eight books, served on nine editorial boards and published several hundred articles and reviews demonstrating a broad range of interest in worship, sacraments, preaching, language, feminism, and spirituality.
Mr. Steve Donaldson, Executive Director of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life of Puget Sound (WA)
Steve Donaldson has worked in parish and retreat ministry for many years, and is currently serving his eighth year as Executive Director of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life of Puget Sound (SEEL). As a spiritual director, he uses his gifts to offer retreats and group discernment sessions to diverse organizations and communities throughout western Washington. He is currently working with Native American communities in the Oregon Province.
Steve is an alumnus of Seattle University and is the proud and involved father of two teen-aged children. His interests include literature, sports, and travel. He has been privileged to lead pilgrimages to Spain and Rome which visited important sites where Ignatius lived and served.
The poet Mary Oliver, in the closing line of her poem The Summer Day, asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Using the wisdom and guidance of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Steve continues to explore and live this very question in his ministry and his life.
Rev. Ron Mercier, S.J., Theologian at Saint Louis University, and former Director of the Jesuit Collaborative.
Ronald A. Mercier, S.J., a member of the New England Province of the Jesuits, served for ten years as the Dean at Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. He has a B.A. in Slavic Studies from Yale University, M.A.s from Columbia and Harvard Universities in East European History and Russian History respectively and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees in ethics from Regis College and the University of Toronto. He was Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and offered courses in foundational ethics, bioethics, and social ethics. Lately he has focused on the relationship between spirituality and ethics.
Father Mercier recently completed service as the first Executive Director of The Jesuit Collaborative, an initiative of the Maryland, New England, and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus, which seeks to integrate the spiritual ministries of the three provinces so as better to meet the spiritual needs of the people of the area.
Along with his work in the field of Bioethics, Father Mercier has been involved in spiritual direction and retreat direction in Canada, the U.S. and Ireland.
In January, 2010, Fr. Mercier became Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at St. Louis, University, and in May of the same year became Rector of Bellarmine House of Studies, a community of Jesuits doing ‘First Studies’ at St. Louis University.
The keynote speakers will address:
- A disconnect between the Third and Fourth Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises;
- Finding God in all things yet living with the cross in our daily (post-Easter) lives; and
- The dynamics of relating to the risen Christ as we experience being called, formed, sent out, called back, re-formed and sent out again.