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• St. Ignatius of Loyola, born in 1491, was a Spanish nobleman and soldier who experienced a life-changing conversion after being injured in war in 1531.

• Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus in 1539 (the Jesuits).

• Ignatius developed the Spiritual Exercises, a "roadmap" for retreats and spiritual growth that uses discernment, imagination, and the idea of God in all things to understand how God is active, personal, and present in each person's life. This was approved by Pope Paul III in 1548.

• In 1563, a young, Belgian Jesuit named Jean Leunis, brought together a group of young, male, lay students at the Roman College to discuss the role of Christian values in their lives. This movement was first called the Sodality of our Lady. (A "sodality" was a group of people within the early Christian Church who were organized for a special purpose of prayer, evangelization or social justice.)

• In 1584, these sodalities were confirmed by Pope Gregory XIII.

• In 1587, Pope Sixtus V allowed the Jesuits to invite those not enrolled in a Jesuit school or university to meet in these small groups.

• By 1920 there were over 80,000 sodalities world-wide.

• In 1967, after Vatican II, the sodalities adopted the modern name of Christian Life Community.

• CLCs experience Ignatian Spirituality by using Ignatian styles of prayer such as Lectio Divina, Imaginative Prayer and the Examen.


What is a Christian Life Community?

The Three Pillars of CLC

CLC Leadership Structure

Sample CLC Outline

CLC Glossary of Terms

CLC Online Resources

CLC Registration Form