Experiencing the Dynamism of Ignatius’ Examen: The Most Portable, Effective and Underutilized Form of the Spiritual Exercises
Presented by William Watson, SJ
The workshop will reveal the Examen as the most portable, strategic and pragmatic form of the Spiritual Exercises. We will look at how it can be employed across our spiritual/apostolic works as a "presence method" of integral conversion that is perfectly suited to tackle the dysfunction and narcissism of contemporary society.
We will enter into Ignatius' progressive conversion in the Autobiography to understand how God used his narcissistic and dysfunctional life narrative as a foundation to craft the Ignatian Paradigm: the linked methods of experiential awareness that form the basis of the conversion structures of both the Exercises and the Examen.
The workshop will conclude leading participants through the dynamic presence processes, tools and methods of a new "reading" of the Examen called Sacred Story.
Bill Watson entered the Oregon Province of the Jesuits in 1973. He studied philosophy at Gonzaga University and completed Theology studies at Weston in Cambridge in 1986. He also holds a Doctorate in Ministry from The Catholic University in D.C.
Watson has worked in Ignatian Spirituality for thirty-three of his thirty-seven years in the Society of Jesus. He built retreat programs for Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon while a scholastic in formation. After ordination, Watson founded and built the Retreat Programs Office at Georgetown University where he was director for twelve years.
He brought his development and Ignatian Spirituality expertise to Gonzaga University as its first vice president for mission. Using Ignatian methodologies, Watson has created retreat programs for business professionals, high school students and university students, faculty, staff and alumni. His current academic research, writing projects and program development are centered on the Ignatian Examination of Conscience.
Discernment for Boards of Directors presented by The Jesuit Collaborative
Presented by Ed Quinnan, SJ and Jim Conroy, SJ
This workshop recognizes the increasingly complex responsibilities of boards of directors/trustees for spiritual based non-profit organizations. Utilizing dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, especially discernment and the Examen, we will introduce practical ways to incorporate reflective sensibilities into the ordinary business of boards of directors.
Fr. Ed Quinnan became an Associate Director of the Jesuit Collaborative in 2009, though since 2005 worked on the Collaborative’s founding team. His portfolio with the Collaborative has included working with the Contemplative Leaders in Action, Discerning the Future Ministries of the Spiritual Exercises on the East Coast, and Ignatian Discernment for Strategic Leadership.
In 2009 Fr. Quinnan also became the Pastoral Assistant to the New York Provincial, coordinating the activities of the Province parishes and retreat house. Fr. Quinnan directs retreatants in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, integrates elements of Family Systems Theory, and includes yoga into some of his retreat programs.
Rev. James R. Conroy, S.J., a native of Pittsburgh and a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, has extensive experience ministering Ignatian Spirituality to a wide variety of populations. Throughout the course of his career as a teacher, parish priest, vocation director, and novice director, he has directed the Spiritual Exercises over 100 times for bishops, priests, religious, and lay men and women.
He served as executive director of the Ignatian Lay Volunteers Corps, and as rector of the Gonzaga Jesuit Community. He attended John Carroll University in Cleveland and Fordham University in NY; he holds a master of divinity degree from Loyola University of Chicago; and he has studied Ignatian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He has been awarded the Bronze Star and the Ignatian Medal by St. Joseph’s Prep; and Civic Ventures recently named him Purpose Prize Fellow. He has served on numerous boards; his current board memberships include the Ignatian Volunteers Corps, Georgetown Prep, and the Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh.
Experiencing the Fourth Week in the Monastic Communities of Jesus the Risen Prisoner
Presented by Michael Kennedy, SJ and Paul McMahon, Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative
Rev. Michael Kennedy will speak on the Fourth Week experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in the monastic communities of Jesus the Risen Prisoner, developing at Corcoran State Prison, Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, and the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.
The presentation will have the following four key aspects:
- a) An explanation of Ignatian contemplation, especially as it relates to the Fourth Week – “Finding God in All Things” – and when you have a life sentence in the concrete monastery of a prison.
- b) Some writings from these modern day mystics, whose lives are being transformed by the Spiritual Exercises and who are finding a voice to express this transformation from within their monastic prison communities.
- c) A concrete five-step method that will be explained and implemented giving each participant the opportunity to experience a meditation taken from the book, Eyes on the Cross.
- d) Some constructive insights on how to live the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises no matter what your situation or environment.
Michael E. Kennedy, SJ - Executive Director. Father Mike has been a pastor, juvenile hall chaplain, retreat master, author, and community organizer. He has worked in El Salvador, Bolivia, and California. He has over 25 years of detention ministry experience. After representing the California Province of the Society of Jesus at the General Congregation in Rome in 2008, Father Kennedy returned to the United States with a deep desire to participate in the healing ministry of Jesus to all those who suffer the consequences of crime: victims, offenders, their families, and their communities.
Paul McMahon - Director of Prison Outreach and Development. Paul comes to JRJI from Paulist Press where he was Managing Editor; he has worked in publishing for over 15 years. In his most recent position, Paul helps manage an annual budget of $9 million and is responsible for the training and supervision of 45 employees. Paul has over a decade of experience in prison ministry.
From Emmaus to Manresa: Young Adults and Ignatian Spirituality This workshop will no longer be offered. Mr. Muldoon unexpectedly withdrew from the conference for personal reasons.
Presented by Tim Muldoon, Ph.D, Boston College
This workshop will ask the question “how can we invite young adults to the practice of the Spiritual Exercises using Ignatius’ 18th and 19th annotations as a guide?” It will draw from my experience with undergraduate students in a pilot program at Boston College called the Messina Ignatian Leadership Program, which gives a group of students the opportunity to undertake the Exercises with individual guidance over the course of a year. The workshop will address the practical, developmental, and theological questions that have arisen over the course of this process, investigating what resources from the Ignatian tradition might help us in leading young people through experiences of the Exercises. It will address the theme of discernment as an overriding interest of young people still in the early stages of forming an understanding of themselves and their lives, their aspirations, their career and personal goals.
Tim Muldoon is a writer, theologian, professor, and spiritual director. He is the author of five books, including The Ignatian Workout, an adaptation of The Spiritual Exercises. He is a contributing writer and expert in Catholic theology and Spirituality for Patheos.com, where he writes the weekly column “Culture at the Crossroads” and the regular blog The Holy Desire. He also contributes to dotMagis, the blog of Loyola Press. He currently teaches in the Honors Program at Boston College, where he also serves in the office of University Mission and Ministry.
What’s Love Got to do With It? The Contemplation and Generations X & Y
Presented by Pam Coster and Becky Eldridge, Charis Ministies
Young Adults are seekers who long for a deeper relationship with Jesus and want to follow in His footsteps. Helping young adults articulate their experiences of God’s love and presence in their lives, and how they respond to God’s love, is essential to their spiritual journeys. Come learn some best practices in helping young adults use the tools of Ignatian Spirituality to move towards the ever important questions of “the more”.
Pam Coster is the Executive Director of Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s and 30s. Prior to joining Charis, Pam was a consultant in the area of adult faith formation and served thirteen years in parish ministry, after a career in international banking. Pam holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University-Chicago. firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Eldredge is the Partner Program Coordinator for Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry for those in their 20s and 30s. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. Her background is in adult faith formation and retreat ministry. She recently completed the 19th Annotation Retreat and is currently working to obtain her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. She is a writer and author of the blog: “Everything is Holy Now,” (http://everythingisholynow.blogspot.com) . While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, son, and daughter.
Embracing the Sacred in our Life Story: The Spiritual Exercises and Grief Work
Presented by Mary Ann Bigelow, MSSW
The focus of this workshop is on the relationship between the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises and Grief Work. Mary Ann will explore how these dynamics facilitate transformation and conversion leading to personal and spiritual growth, ultimately leading to the awareness of what is sacred in one’s life story. The workshop will address the science, art and mystery of grief.
Mary Ann Bigelow, MSSW, is a Spiritual Director with the St. Francis Xavier Parish Retreat Ministry which she has been affiliated with since 1995. In addition, she is the Spirituality Commission Chair for St. Francis Xavier Church, Missoula, Montana. She is a wife and mother of three adult children and Office Administrator for James G. Bigelow, DDS.
Joining up with Love Loving: The Contemplatio ad Amorem
Presented by Michael Cooper, SJ, St. Leo University
Karl Rahner’s very dynamic image of the Divine Majesty as “Love Loving” fits well with the Contemplatio, his own “Mysticism of Everyday Life,” and Ignatius Loyola’s “Finding God in All Things.” The “grace” [SPEX 232] names the goal of the “ad Amorem” (as well as of the full Exercises, and of Ignatian spirituality), as “that I am empowered to love and serve the Divine Majesty in all things—and in all persons.” Coming at the end of the Spiritual Exercises and serving as an Ignatian repetition of all that has gone before, the Prenotes, Four Points, and the Suscipe reflect on how Love Loving has gifted and empowered us to love and serve with Christ on Mission today. Join us to discover more specifically the often confused and hidden power of the “Contemplatio.”
Father Cooper holds a doctorate from the Institut Catholique in Paris, where he wrote a 763 page dissertation on the “Contemplatio ad Amorem” in its historical and contemporary contexts. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Ignatian spirituality, pastoral ministry, and American Catholicism at Saint Leo University near Tampa, he is involved each year in a “retreat in everyday life” and in spiritual direction. Besides publishing articles in journals like Review for Religious and Human Development, Michael also gives retreats and workshops across the country rooted in Ignatian spirituality, Rahnerian theology, and Jungian psychology.
A Contemplative Presence: Companioning Others in God
Presented by Maureen Conroy, RSM, The Upper Room Spiritual Center
As we companion others on their spiritual journey, how essential it is to provide a sacred space within us and around us! We need to have a contemplative presence to help others savor and deepen their experiences of God.
During this workshop we will explore the meaning of a "contemplative presence," learn ways to create a spacious inner space, and experience prayerful ways to provide a "resting place" for others, and ourselves,
Maureen Conroy, RSM, D.Min. is Co-director of the Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, NJ. Her ministries include spiritual direction, the training of spiritual directors, giving retreats, and offering workshops on spiritual direction, discernment, supervision and holistic spirituality. Maureen also educates spiritual directors at Creighton University, Nebraska and All Hollows College, Dublin, Ireland. She has offered many workshops in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.
Maureen's educational background includes a Masters of Divinity, a Doctor of Ministry, two Certificates in Spiritual Direction and numerous certificates in various health and holistic modalities. She is the author of numerous articles and five books, including The Discerning Heart, Looking Into the Well, (Loyola Press) and Experiencing God's Tremendous Love (Upper Room). She has written a manual for Spiritual Directors called Giving the Retreat in Everyday Life: Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, that has been used in many training programs.
Take, Lord and Receive…
Presented by Marian Cowan, CSJ
The focus of this workshop is the Contemplation on Divine Love. The formal exercises offered by St. Ignatius end with the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. I have begun to realize how the Contemplation on Divine Love can be the retreatant's Pentecost contemplation, in substance if not in form. Not only does it lead to "finding God in all things" but is the apostolic sending forth from the experience of the Spiritual Exercises.
The content of the workshop is the material contained in the Contemplation on Divine Love, along with the Principle and Foundation. Workshop participants should be familiar with the Spiritual Exercises and with these two exercises in particular. In the format of lecture followed by discussion, I would like to explore further with workshop participants, the depths of this contemplation and its application to our lives, especially in this time of new cosmological understanding.
Marian Cowan, C.S.J., has been giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola since 1970, and continues to do so. She has taught courses on the Spiritual Exercises at Creighton University, Aquinas Institute of Theology and in the Bridges Program in St. Louis. She has mentored directors in the Exercises in St. Louis, Denver, Spain and Indonesia and has given a major presentation and has offered workshops at past Ignatian Spirituality Conferences.
She is co-author (with John Futrell, S.J.) of Companions in Grace: A Handbook for Directors of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which has been translated into other languages.
When Resurrection Feels Like Crucifixion: The Social Grace of the Fourth Week for our Evolutionary Stage
Presented by James Hug, SJ, The Center of Concern
Most of us don’t think of ourselves as being in the midst of an evolutionary flow, but we are. For Teilhard de Chardin, we are not the pinnacle and final achievement of evolution. We are part of it and we are at one of those transitional evolutionary times. The next stage in our evolution is the formation of one integrated human family living sustainably on Earth, at peace. Pope Benedict XVI observed in Caritas in Veritate that the forces and dynamics of globalization are Signs of the Times, a revelation of our call to create one human family living in peace and harmony with our planet.
While this vision can inspire the joy and hope of the Fourth week of the Exercises, entering into this new phase of our evolution can seem far from easy or joyful. It will demand massive redistribution of resources and opportunities and the discovery of new ways of living together that will feel to industrialized peoples like cruelly unacceptable crucifixion.
Where is the joy, the triumph, the celebration we rightly identify with the resurrection in this picture? What does it look like? How can we discover its good news? How can we share it? What is the social grace of the Fourth Week that we should be praying for and urging our retreatants to pray for at this stage in our evolutionary history?
Jim Hug came to the Center from the Woodstock Theological Center in 1985 and became Director/President in 1989. He focuses on research and education on issues of faith and economic justice and has lectured and directed workshops throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. He is the editor of the Center's best-selling Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret, principal author of Social Revelation: Profound Challenge for Christian Spirituality, published by the Center of Concern, and the editor of Tracing the Spirit: Communities, Social Action, and Theological Reflection, published by Paulist Press. In addition, Jim has written chapters for Globalization and Catholic Social Thought: Present Crisis, Future Hope and The Pastoral Circle Revisited: A Critical Quest for Truth and Transformation.
He has served as member of the boards of the Religious Task Force on Central America and Mexico, the United States Catholic Mission Association, the Center for Mission Research and Study at Maryknoll, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, the International Jesuit Network for Development, and on the Mission and Ethics Advisory Committee of Christus Health System. Currently he serves on the board of CIDSE and the National Council of Pax Christi-USA. He has an M.A. in Philosophy from Springhill College, an M.A. in Christian Spirituality from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from the University of Chicago.
The Exercises and Jesuit High School Faculty Formation: Opportunity and Freedom
Presented by Matthew Couture, Ignatius College Prep High School, Chicago
The focus will be on our experiences the past seven years inviting new faculty to make the Exercises as a part of our new employee formation program. We will share what we have learned: the exit data (quantitative and qualitative) that gets to the heart of issues in having faculty make the Exercises as a part of an expected formation program. As the only HS in the Assistancy that does faculty formation in this way (making participation in the Exercises an integral part of the program), we will share what we have learned, then open up a larger conversation regarding this topic of freedom vs. opportunity.
I am grateful to serve as the Director of Formation and Ministry at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, a 140 year old Jesuit, Catholic school in the heart of Chicago. In this role, I lead a team of professional ministers, Jesuit and lay, to serve both our student community of 1400 students, as well as our adult communities of faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. I am passionate about accompanying people in their spiritual journeys, particularly using the wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises. I am a husband to Bridget, and we are the blessed parents of a six year old boy and a one year old girl. I enjoy Villanova basketball, road trips, paper maps, and Ethiopian history.
Challenges and Opportunities in an Ecumenical Setting
Presented by Martha Robbins, Th.D, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Lois Lang, Ph.D, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh PA
In this workshop, we will focus on the opportunities and challenges in using the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in an ecumenical program. In particular we will explore together:
- the necessity to be alert to key theological concepts and vocabulary that have different meanings in various denominational traditions
- the difficulties that persons encounter in making the Spiritual Exercises due to their denominational traditions
- challenges and opportunities in supervising Interns who employ Ignatian Spirituality or who direct the 19th Annotation of the SE in a variety of ecumenical ministry settings.
Martha Robbins, Th.D., is the Joan Marshall Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Director of Pneuma: Spiritual Direction and Leadership Program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA. Robbins, a former Religious of the Sacred Heart, received her doctorate from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She was trained in giving the Spiritual Exercises as part of her MA in Pastoral Theology at St. Louis University under the guidance of David Fleming S.J. and John Futrell, S.J.. For years she was a member of various teams of directors providing Ignatian retreats in 30 day, 19th annotation, and 8 day formats in the United States, Canada, and Australia and later served as a full time staff member at the Jesuit Spirituality Center in Louisiana. After teaching courses on Ignatian Spirituality at PTS and directing Ignatian retreats with clergy and lay leaders from various denominations, participants requested further training in spiritual direction and leadership. The Pneuma Program was developed in response to that request and is a part of The Jesuit Collaborative.
Lois Lang, PhD, University of Michigan, has had professional experience as an educator, school counselor, psychologist and administrator. For the past 16 years, she has been on staff in an inner city protestant church, East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA where her duties include training Stephen Ministers, adult ministry, spiritual life activities, and spiritual direction. Lois, has facilitated the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in this church setting for more than 12 years in both a one-to-one format and in small groups. She has served on the planning committee to develop the Pneuma program and serve as one of the facilitators and supervisors.
WHAT'S YOUR DECISION? How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity: An Ignatian Approach to Decision Making
Presented by Fr. J. Timothy Hipskind, SJ, Director of Service-Learning, University of Detroit Mercy and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, retreat director and writer, Bellarmine Retreat House, Barrington, Illinois
This workshop presents a time-tested, trustworthy approach to decision making grounded in the insights of Ignatius. Based on their recent book, the authors review the rules for discernment and link them to the three modes of decision making in the Spiritual Exercises. Their teaching is illustrated with practical examples drawn from contemporary culture and the authors' many years of work as spiritual directors. This workshop presents an Ignatian toolkit that will help both veterans and novices of Ignatian spirituality in their own decision making. When we invite God, who cares deeply about what we do, into the decision-making process, we find the freedom to make the best choice.
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ is a spiritual director, teacher, writer, and storyteller. Currently he serves on the staff at the Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington, IL. He is the founder and former director of Charis Ministries, the Chicago Jesuit outreach to young adults in their twenties and thirties. Fr Michael is a lecturer at the Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies training spiritual directors. He is also the founder and former artistic director of the Fountain Square Fools, a religious performing arts troupe based in Cincinnati from 1975 – 93.
He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. Known in churches across the country, Fr. Michael has the ability to make the scripture come alive through his heart-warming dramas, spirited preaching, and innovate approaches to spirituality. A prolific writer, Fr Michael has published extensively on prayer and the sacraments with St Anthony Messenger Press, Paulist Press, Liturgical Training Publications, Loyola Press, and Heart to Heart.
He has just co-authored his latest book with Fr Tim Hipskind, SJ - What’s Your Decision? How to Make Decisions with Clarity and Confidence. This text on the Ignatian tradition of discernment is published by Loyola Press.
Tim Hipskind SJ entered his professional career with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a consulting engineer for 3 years until his interests began to shift a bit. This shift eventually led him to enter the Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, MI in 1988.
In his early years in the Jesuits he wast involved with small Christian communities, especially Christian Life Communities (CLC). He also received training in spiritual direction and Ignatian Spirituality. Tim has been giving spiritual direction since 1994 and doing workshops on Ignatian discernment since 1996.
Tim is particularly interested in the way our culture affects discernment. He has lived in Honolulu, HI, in Mexico City, in Benin City Nigeria, and in inner city Black neighborhoods in the US. In 2007 he completed a Master’s program in Black Catholic Studies, and the title of his thesis was: The Traditional Role of Elders in Discernment in the African American Community. These immersion experiences and studies have given Tim a different perspective on how the dominant US culture affects discernment.
For nine years Tim lived and worked in a low-income neighborhood in Cincinnati. There he focused on helping neighborhood organizations achieve their goals. Now Tim works at the University of Detroit Mercy where he is Director of the Service-Learning program. In that position he helps teachers integrate community service into the curriculum in a way that exposes student to justice issues, helps them reflect on it, and to see how the skills they learn in class can be used at the service of others.