Five hundred lay people, Jesuits, clergy and other religious men and women from throughout North America and beyond are expected to attend the 5th triennial Ignatian Spirituality Conference at Saint Louis University July 21-24, 2011. Designed to educate and encourage those who practice Ignatian spirituality as well as those involved in works rooted in Ignatian spirituality, the event has been held every three years since 1999. It is co-sponsored by Saint Louis University and the Jesuits of the Missouri Province.
The conference, "Ignatian Experience: ‘I Am With You Always", will feature major presentations and workshops as well as information displays on a variety of Ignatian-inspired programs and organizations. Keynote presentations will explore the continuity and discontinuity in the movement from the Third to Fourth Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises, the presence of the Cross in the ordinariness of daily life, and the rhythm of the Ignatian Way: we are called, formed, sent, again and again.
"Our world is in constant transition. The transition from the Third Week to the Fourth Week of the Exercises offers insight and encouragement for Christians," said Jim Blumeyer, S.J., founder of the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Kansas City, MO. and chairperson of this conference since its inception. "These four days together will offer companionship and conversation for those who live the cross in the ordinary and who know that intimacy with Christ must be shared through our daily lives."
Keynote speakers include Ron Mercier, S.J., moral theologian at Saint Louis University and former director of The Jesuit Collaborative; Steve Donaldson, executive director of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) of Puget Sound, Wash.; and Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, sacramental theologian and former provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart, U.S. province.
Workshop topics include a fresh look at the Examen, grief work and the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatian discernment both for individuals and for boards of trustees, sharing the Exercises with high school and university students and faculty, the homeless, ecumenical audiences and young adults. Information sessions will highlight Ignatian programs and best practices.
A reception at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art will offer conference participants the opportunity to view "Ad Sum," a 25-piece oil-and-mixed-media exhibit focusing on the life and Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, as well as the Western Jesuit Missions Collection.
Cost for the conference is $320 ($370 after June 24). Housing on the Saint Louis University campus is available. For more information and to register for the conference, go to www.ignatianspirit.org.