Prepare heart, mind, and soul for the holy season of Advent on a weekend retreat at Ignatius House. Your retreat will draw from the 500-year-old tradition called “Ignatian spirituality”. Ignatian spirituality invites us into a life-giving relationship with God and neighbor through prayer and contemplation. You’ll be presented with suggestions to help you silently and prayerfully discern big or small stirrings in your heart as someone who wants to grow closer to your creator – whether a busy parent, a young adult, a caregiver, a widow, a community or workplace leader. The retreat includes guided presentations and plenty of personal time for reflection and rest. Presentation topics will include discernment techniques in the Ignatian tradition, journaling, imaginative composition of place, and the Examen.
This is a silent retreat. Guests will be supported in keeping a sacred silence throughout the weekend, including at meals.
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 joins Ignatius House on Aug. 1, 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, Fleming taught at Boston College (BC) and worked as director of mission assessment & planning in the Office of Mission and Ministry at BC, where he led a national research project related to the spiritual development of college students. While at BC, he served as spiritual director for student retreat programs and offered retreats and spiritual direction for faculty and administrators. He trained as a spiritual director at St. Bueno’s in Wales, UK 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 and serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Penn.
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