St Ignatius

This is a non-residential Ignatian spirituality centre in the heart of the city, which provides opportunities for people to reflect freely on how God is present in their lives and the world.  It aims to create space for authentic response to that presence, offering one-to-one spiritual accompaniment and a varied programme of courses, events and retreats grounded in the Ignatian spiritual tradition.Director: David Birchall SJ
Prayer is different things to different people:a conversation with Godpaying loving attention to Godreflection on God’s presencea request for help from GodFinding God in all things is at the heart of Ignatian Spirituality. We try to grow in our awareness that God can be found in all people, in all of Creation, actively at work in the world.  Our way of praying helps us to pay more attention to God, and helps us understand and identify His actions in our lives and in the world...
St Ignatius suggests that we ask God's grace to enable us to enter into the thoughts and desires of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as they look down on the mess being made of our world prior to the Incarnation. 'What a mess they are making,' they say. 'Think of the beautiful creatures We created and then look at them now.  So much selfishness, violence and pride! Look at that one strutting about, preening himself, as though he is superior to all his companions...
Founded almost 500 years ago by St Ignatius of Loyola, the Society of Jesus is a missionary order of priests and brothers (a.k.a. the Jesuits) who are present in every corner of the globe. They draw on the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality and reflection, sharing this with others to help them discern God’s will for their lives. Jesuits are contemplatives in action who live in community as companions in a mission of reconciliation and justice.Jesuits work in many different roles: parish...
A few years ago, six or seven years ago to be more precise, I was fortunate to participate in a training programme in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. We were sixteen on the course. The worldwide Society of Jesus which St Ignatius founded was well represented. There were men from North America and Europe; from Zambia and Malawi and Rwanda; from Goa, Madras, the Punjab and Calcutta; from Japan and even China. To the surprise of many, this was my very first visit to Rome. So before, in between...

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