Ignatian spirituality

Ruth shares her experience of a week of guided prayer retreat run by the Jesuits at her parish.“I decided to do the Week of Guided Prayer after hearing about it at mass one Sunday evening. It was one of the most important decisions I have ever made. During and after the week I was so free of anything that troubled me before, everything was clear and I felt nothing but joy all the time, it was incredible! I learned how I can find God in all things, which brings so much more meaning to these...
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The Autumn edition of The Way spirituality journal is out nowThere is a range of interesting content in the current special edition of the The Way: The Spirit of Europe Today which focuses on Europe and the spirituality of Brexit.  Order your copy here. Frank Turner SJ  The Role of Europe in the Last Three PapaciesIn Francis, Benedict XVI and John-Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has experienced three very different Popes. Each, though, has spoken repeatedly about the...
Loyola hall
The Jesuits in Britain have this week put the former retreat house Loyola Hall on the market.The Grade II listed country house in Rainhill, South of St Helens, was built by businessman Bartholomew Bretherton in 1824.  The house and  17.2 acres of grounds were sold to the Jesuits in 1923 and  used as an Ignatian retreat centre until 2014.  The decision to close Loyola Hall was taken in the light of the reduced number of Jesuits available to operate large institutions. ...
A JourneyOn Ash Wednesday, 2006, Pray As You Go set out with a mission to help commuters meet with God on their journey into work. Armed with music and the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, creator Fr Peter Scally SJ established one of Jesuits in Britain’s most successful ministries. 10 years on, Pray As You Go helps people all over the world not only with their journeys into work, but also on their journeys of faith.The daily 10 minute podcasts – of scripture readings,...
No one else possesses my world, which i can see from my unique point of view
Pathways to God‘Pathways to God’ is our new website bringing together different aspects of Ignatian spirituality in a single location. Visitors to the website will be able to access the latest news and content from our three centres: Mount Street Jesuit Centre, St Beuno’s Residential retreat centre and Ignatian Spirituality Centre Glasgow, as well as resources tailored to developing a deeper relationship with God.A section of the website is devoted to enhancing your personal...
View of St Joseph's Mossley where the week of guided prayer took place last week
For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit spirituality team is undertaking  weeks of guided prayer in 20 Salford parishes.“This initiative is a wonder-ful example of collaboration,  encouraging the gifts of Jesuits and lay people to work together for the greatest good” says Fr Simon Bishop SJ, Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain.This ambitious project had its source and inspiration in a week of guided prayer (WGP) led by Fr Tim Byron SJ, senior chaplain at...
It is Holy Week – the week in which we re-live in our prayers the journey Jesus made from Jerusalem to his crucifixion on Calvary and his resurrection.We have produced eight conversations for Holy week to take you back to those tense and frightening days in Jerusalem and place you alongside the apostles as they try to make sense of the political and mystical forces at work in what is happening to them, to Jesus their Lord, and to the people of God.Listen to the other episodes >>When...
Week of guided prayer at Manchester Catholic chaplaincy
In the heart of Manchester, unprecedented numbers of young people are flocking to the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy to discover God this Lent. Over 75 students signed up to participate in a Week of Guided prayer run by the Jesuit chaplains there. This number of students even surpassed Oxford’s record of 63 students, making it the most successful of its kind in the country.The Week of Guided Prayer initiative, while not exclusively existing for students, has been so successfully...
Christ and the woman taken in adultery Pieter Breugel, Courtauld Institute
Before embarking on the retreat in daily life, I was feeling more and more like my Christian faith was trapped in my private mind, only popping out briefly for discussions and at Sunday Mass. This was very ironic because, as a student of Theology, I was constantly being reminded by great thinkers that Christianity is not a private experience or about a weekly fix of grace. It was an insight that my prayer guide, David (David Stewart SJ), would later sum up with the phrase, “the sacrament of the...
St Ignatius encounters Christ at La Storta - Icon by William McNichols
Today, Thursday 5 November 2015, the Jesuits remember All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, which was founded by St Ignatius of Loyola. Several other religious orders and congregations which are inspired by the spirituality of Ignatius make up the ‘Ignatian Family’. Many of its members have, over the past two years, expressed concern about the way young people are being drawn into a violent fundamentalism in a perversion of religious faith. So today they are proposing a special focus...

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