Gear up for a Meaningful Advent – Beyond the festive gatherings and decking the halls, lies the true essence of the season: Out of boundless love, God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world.
Join us for an evening of spiritual reflection in preparation for the celebration of this miraculous birth. Dinner with be offered starting at 5:30 and our formal reflections will begin at 6:30. Discover or rediscover the ways of praying, including imaginative prayer with seasonal tales from the Bible, centering prayer, and peaceful meditation. There will be opportunities for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Rev. James J. Fleming, SJ is from the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus and has been a Jesuit priest for 25 years. He joined Ignatius House in 2022 as Spiritual Director and Director of Mission Outreach. Previously, he was the executive director of Campion Conference & Renewal Center in Weston, Ma., and president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU). Before joining the leadership team at WJU, Fr. Fleming taught at Boston College (BC) and worked as director of mission assessment & planning in the BC’s Office of Mission and Ministry, where he led a national research project related to the spiritual development of college students. He also served as spiritual director for student retreat programs and offered retreats and spiritual direction for faculty and administrators during his time at BC. He trained as a spiritual director at St. Bueno’s in Wales, UK, at Cova de Sant Ignasi in Manresa, Spain, and at the Jesuit School of Theology at the Santa Clara University where he earned a Master’s of Divinity with a focus in scripture and spirituality. He holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, organization, measurement, and evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as lecturer and the Director of the University Academy at the University of San Francisco, and as an instructor of Urban Education at SCU. Fleming is a member of the National Board of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and previously served on the Boards of Nativity Prep Boston and Boston College High School.