PRESENTATIONS & RETREATS
CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN GENERATIONS
January 14, 6:30-8:30 pm - Cranaleith Spiritual Center (Zoom)
Categorizing people by their generation can be useful in some ways, but it can also blind us to our common humanity. What do younger people really care about? Do older people have a dream for the future? Are “they” all alike? Join in a Spirit-infused evening of conversation about the “big picture” questions of life as well as pressing issues of our day.
To help enrich your personal relationships beyond this evening, please sign up with a friend or relative from another generation (ages 18+), so you can be partnered with him/her during the conversations. However, if you do not have a discussion partner from another generation, please feel comfortable registering; we’ll match you up.
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
December 4, 7:00-8:00pm - Old Saint Joseph's Church (Zoom)
Join us to "make room" for God. In this holy season, in our solitude and in our longing, God comes toward us. Let us lean toward the Light, the Gracious Giver, the God of Hope. Preparing our hearts involves preparing spaces of prayer, even in our homes. We invite you to create a sacred corner in your home for this hour: clear the clutter, turn off the noise, light a candle, and bring a cup of tea. Come to listen, share, pray and savor the silence in communion with others who are longing to claim the beautiful gift Advent offers us. Together, in solidarity with all those longing for light on the journey, we lean closer to God.
JOURNEYING THROUGH GRIEF AND HEALING
July 22, 2020 - Saint Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
There are many forms of loss that we experience and they are all significant - loss of a job, a relationship, a dream, a loved one - and all forms deserve loving attention and compassion. Join us for an evening of prayer, reflection, story-sharing and learning. Gain sacred perspective on grief as it can lead to internal transformation, and spend time with yourself in a guided space to promote gentleness and reverence, hope and resilience. 2 hours via Zoom
IMAGES OF THE HOLY
July 1, 2020 - Saint Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
Join us for an evening of praying with your eyes. Photography can be a profound way to expand prayer through the spiritual practice of visio divina (divine seeing). This evening will introduce participants to the practice of visio divina and guide them through the process three times, with three different images. Add color and creativity to your prayer life as we experience “eyesight and insight” (Margaret Miles).
THE BEAUTY YOU LOVE: IMAGES AND STORIES
July 11, 2020 - Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia
The poet Rumi says, “Let the beauty you love be what you do.” On this mid-summer’s day, come let your spirit rest, heal, connect and be nourished. Prayerful experiences through narrative, imagery, movement, music and poetry will guide you in greater awareness of the heart and the invitation of the Divine. If you are looking for a space to reflect on the presence of the Holy in your life and learn how images can be tools for prayer, this day will bring creativity into your spiritual life.
ADVENT EVENING PRAYER
December 4, 2019 - Old Saint Joseph's, Philadelphia
Advent is a holy season of movement within the waiting, the longing, the hoping. Join us for an experience of prayerful movement as we lean into the beautiful companionship of women as we begin Advent. Holy Darkness, Blessed Night. 1 hour presentation.
October 19-20, 2019 - Saint Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
A retreat into rest and creativity, focused on interior freedom and a spirituality of the heart. Retreatants will be led into prayerful experiences through music, movement, media, narrative and art-making. To register for this experience, go to straphaelacenter.org
September 14, 2019 - Saint Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
A retreat day for 7th grade parishioners from Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Phoenixville, PA preparing for the sacrament of confirmation. College students share reflections on identity, faith, faith and community guided by the questions: To whom do I belong? How can I live out the Gospel message of love? What does it mean to be confirmed, affirmed, and supported in the light of God?
SUSTAINABLE MINISTRY: PRACTICAL APPROACHES
August 5, 2019 - Jesuit Volunteer Corps Orientation at Saint Joseph's University
Ministry moves us through seasons of abundance and depletion. Self-Care practices are essential. This workshop will offer hands-on practical methods of sustaining our bodies, minds and hearts in the call to love deeply and walk humbly. 3 hour workshop
COMPANIONING MILLENNIALS IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
June 27-29, 2018 - Fordham University
Engaging the Spiritual Exercises: A Symposium for Ignatian Spiritual Directors
Co-hosted by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality and the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
What are Millennials seeking spiritually? What are the prayer prompts that invite and encourage? 1 hour presentation
PRAYER & FAMILY
April 5, 2019 - Saint Pius X Parish, Broomall, PA
How do we pause and pray in the business of daily life? Lent in a time of greater attention and intention. Discover greater attentiveness through the Ignatian Examen that can be used to reflect on daily interactions with partners, parents, children, neighbors, and loved ones. 1 hour presentation
SPIRITUALITY & THE ARTS RETREAT
March 23, 2019 - Georgian Court University
Through our senses we encounter the world. Retreat through color, sound, movement and texture. Encounter God as Creator and Ultimate Artist. Daylong retreat for student leaders centered around the themes of identity, creation, belonging and community.
IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY & THE ARTS RETREAT
February 15-16, 2019 - Saint Joseph's University
Focused on interior freedom and a spirituality of the heart, music, movement and creation. Sessions on Audio Divina, Ignatian Imagination, Recycled Art, Watercolor, Bread Baking, and Yoga.
LOOKING DEEPER: SELF AWARENESS AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
February 2, 2019 - Boston College Women's Summit
Self awareness is a necessary, daily practice that encourages us bring our best selves forward in personal and professional realms. This creative workshop will use photography as a tool for personal reflection. Participants will slow down, gather insight from images and name concrete ways to steer their life forward with intention and purpose. 1 hour workshop
VISIO DIVINA: PRAYING WITH IMAGES
November 25, 2018 - Iron Hill Brewery, Ardmore
St. Thomas Villanova Young Adult Group Theology on Tap: Experiencing God's loving invitation through reflection on the every-day images in our lives. 30 minute presentation
SACRAMENTAL WORKSHOP: IGNATIAN PRAYER WITHIN THE FAMILY
October 11, 2018 - Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Haverford, PA
An experience of reflection and sharing with parents of 2nd graders exploring how to implement praying the Examen at home, a 15 minute Ignatian prayer practice focused on attentiveness and response. 1 hour presentation
GETTING REAL: SPIRITUAL DIRECTION, SOCIAL MEDIA AND GENERATION Z
July 30, 2018 - Saint Joseph's University
How do we slow down and pay attention in a culture of urgency and distraction? How do we meet the craving for deeper relationships and conversations of presence? What kind of accompaniment are college students yearning for? 1 hour presentation