Pray the examen with us!

It's difficult to keep up with how much has happened and how our lives have changed recently. We are all feeling some uncertainty as our daily routines continue to be upended. Things open back up, then close again. We adjust. We take care of our families, friends, and neighbors. We make it work. 

And at the end of the week, let's take a deep breath, remember that we are in the presence of God, and spend a few minutes in prayerful reflection.

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October 2, 2020, 12:30pm ET - Examen Live! with the Jesuit Office of Justice and Ecology and the Ignatian Solidarity Network

We were joined by Cecilia Calvo from the Jesuit Office of Justice and Ecology and Brenna Davis from the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

The Season of Creation concludes on the Feast of St. Francis (Oct. 4). Cecilia and Brenna offered a special Eco-Examen that asks us to reflect on our personal relationship with creation, acknowledge and amend our ways, and promote ecological justice by standing in solidarity with those most impacted by environmental harm. For this Examen Live! event, we encourage you to pray with Creation in a physical way. Watch this prayer on your phone from your backyard or nearby park. Or, bring a small piece of God's beautiful Creation inside with you — hold a flower, rock, plant, or something that connects you physically to the natural world.

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Click here to watch the recent Global Ignatian Vigil Prayer for the Season of Creation by the Jesuits Global.

About Our Presenters:

Cecilia is the senior advisor on environmental justice of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States' Office of Justice and Ecology. Calvo is an expert on environmental issues, including climate change, children’s health, and natural resource policy, and has worked domestically and internationally to help respond to these challenges. Previously, Calvo worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, coordinating the environmental justice program.

Brenna is director of Education for Justice and environmental initiatives for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a graduate of Boston College and served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

August 14, 2020, 12:30pm – Examen Live! with Loyola on the Potomac Jesuit Retreat House

Elaine Ireland and Jim Palmer from Loyola on the Potomac Jesuit retreat house joined us Examen Live! on Aug. 14, 2020, at 12:30 PM Eastern.

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Elaine Ireland is a Christian writer, retreat leader, and spiritual director focused on finding God’s presence in the everyday, and on bringing the Scripture alive for our world today. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, she has an Spiritual and Pastoral Care from Loyola, Maryland. She is currently the Spiritual Director for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in Baltimore and serves as an adjunct retreat leader at Loyola on the Potomac. You can read her weekly Scripture reflections here at
Jim Palmer has served as the Executive Director of Loyola on the Potomac since September, 2012.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, Jim is a native Washingtonian and a member of Mount Calvary Catholic Church Parish in Forestville, Maryland. Prior to joining the Loyola team, Jim served as the Director of Development and Alumni Services at Bishop McNamara High School and as an Administrative Director at So Others Might East (SOME).

July 17, 2020, 12:30pm – Examen Live! with the Ignatian Spiritual Direction Initiative

Featuring the prayer lead by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality's own Lisa Hastings and Kevin O'Brien. Lisa is the Director of Spiritual Direction Initiatives and Kevin is the Director of Ignatian Formation Initiatives. Join us to pray!

June 19, 2020, 12:30pm – Examen Live! with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Mary McGinnity and Mike Mothes from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps joined us to lead our prayer on Friday, June 19, at 12:30pm.

Mary, president and CEO of IVC since 2009, has given service to IVC as Regional Council and National Board member and spiritual reflector.  A graduate of College of the Holy Cross, she holds a master's degree in Pastoral and Clinical Counseling from Iona College and a certification in Executive Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University. Prior to 2009, she served as the executive director of the Department for Justice and Service/Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. Her earlier career included 15 years of direct clinical work in the mental health field and executive director of a parish-based community mental health clinic while also serving as a pastoral associate. She has over thirty years of experience in both public and private non-profit social service senior level management, having founded or co-founded three social service non-profit organizations. She serves on the boards of three non-profits.

Mike is the Ignatian Volunteer Corps Regional Director in Northern Virginia. He said “yes” to IVC following ten years of teaching theology and five years of parish ministry. Mike first fell in love with Ignatian spirituality during his time at Boston College, where he is proud to have the record for most theology courses taken as an undergraduate student. After BC, he was “ruined for life” twice as a Jesuit Volunteer in Bend, Oregon, and Houston, Texas. Mike rounded out his theological education as a Presidential Scholar at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Contemplative Leaders in Action and the 19th Annotated Spiritual Exercises have been fundamental to his continued formation. Currently, days are filled with working alongside his wife while she is teaching High School Spanish, two sons are distance learning, and new puppy is doing zoomies (sudden release of energy).

May 29, 2020 – Examen Live! with The Jesuit Post

Jeff Ryan Miraflor, SJ, and Connor Smith, SJ, from The Jesuit Post prayed the examen with us this week. 

Jeff Ryan is a native of Tampa, Florida, and is currently studying philosophy at Fordham University. He loves to sing and make beautiful sacred music to lift people’s hearts up to God. 

Connor is a Jesuit Scholastic studying philosophy for priesthood at Fordham University. He is a Colorado native and loves adventures of all kinds, especially religious life.

May 22, 2020 – Examen Live! with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

This week, our prayer was led by Stephanie Russell, Jeanne Lord, and Joe DeFeo from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).

Stephanie is the vice president for Mission Integration at AJCU, where she helps faculty, staff, leadership teams, and trustees to integrate the Jesuit social and intellectual tradition into every aspect of their work. She and her husband, Patrick, have four married sons and one granddaughter.

Jeanne has served as Director of the Jesuit Leadership Seminar since 2014, and is also the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Georgetown University.

Joe is the Executive Director of AJCU’s Ignatian Colleagues Program where he accompanies senior-level administrators and faculty as they more deeply engage in understanding and appropriating the Ignatian tradition.

May 15, 2020 – Examen Live! with the Ignatian Solidarity Network

We were joined by the Ignatian Solidarity Network on Friday, May 15, 2020, from 4:00-4:20 PM Eastern.

Kelly Swan and Brenna Davis led the prayer. Kelly is communications director for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. Brenna is director of Education for Justice and environmental initiatives for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a graduate of Boston College and served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

May 8, 2020 – Examen Live! with Busted Halo

Mike Hayes and Jen Sawyer from Busted Halo led us in prayer on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Jen Sawyer is the editor-in-chief of Busted Halo. She is an alum of Contemplative Leaders in Action and a graduate of Fordham University.

Mike Hayes is a candidate for the diaconate and is the co-founder of Currently, Mike is a freelance media specialist, writer, and spiritual director. Mike has spent his entire career ministering to young adults and is the author of 2 books: "Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in Their 20s and 30s" and "Loving Work: A Spiritual Guide to Finding the Work We Love and Bringing Love to the Work We Do."

May 1, 2020 – Examen Live! with Jesuit Novices

Two Jesuit novices led us in prayer on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 4pm (EDT). Michael Petro, nSJ, is a second-year novice currently assigned to the University of Scranton, where he works in The Division of Mission and Ministry on service and social justice programming. David Said, nSJ, is also a second-year novice, who is serving at Nativity Miguel Buffalo Middle School, St. Augustine Campus.

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April 24, 2020

This week, we were joined by Jane Hartwell and Fr. Paul Sullivan, SJ, from the Ignatian Spirituality Partnership of Maine. Jane is a spiritual director with twenty-five years of experience creating and leading retreats through the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Fr. Paul is a member of the Jesuit Community of Maine and pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish and St. Brigid School in Portland.

April 17, 2020

This week, we partnered with Ignatius House Jesuit retreat center in Atlanta, Georgia. Maria Cressler began our time in prayer, and Andy Otto led us through the examen. Maris is Executive Director of Ignatius House, and Andy Otto is a retreat director and manages marketing for the retreat center.

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Our Good Friday Examen Live! was led by Sr. Lisa Buscher, RSCJ, Kate André, and Dave de la Fuente.

Sr. Lisa Buscher, RSCJ, is the Program Director of Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA).

Kate André is the Regional Coordinator of Contemplative Leaders in Action in New York City and a Chaplain Resident at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Two-time graduate of Yale Divinity School, Kate has previously served as Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT, and as Director of Upper School Campus Ministry at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City, where she taught World Religions and Philosophy & Ethics in the Theology Department.

Dave de la Fuente is a Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology and a retreat minister at Fordham University. He also ministers as part of the Charis NYC retreat ministry, and previously worked as a patient advocate in the Institute for Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York.

April 3, 2020

This week, Deacon Jason Downer, SJ, led us in an opening prayer and Ms. Kathy Maher guided us through the Ignatian examen. Jason serves at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, MA, and is also studying theology at Boston College as part of his formation for the priesthood. Kathy serves as coordinator of spiritual life and Ignatian community development at St. Ignatius.

March 27, 2020

Megan Fox-Kelly, Associate Chaplain and Director of Retreats at College of the Holy Cross, and Rev. William Campbell, SJ, director of Eastern Point Retreat House, led us through our first Examen Live! on Friday, March 27. If you missed it, check it out:

New to the Examen?

The examen is a short prayer of reflection, which St. Ignatius Loyola encourages us to pray daily. You begin by expressing gratitude to God. You review your day, paying attention to where you experienced God's presence and also where you didn't. And lastly, you ask God's help in a few simple things you can differently tomorrow. That's the quick overview, anyway.

There are many different versions of the examen. 

  • Learn more about the Ignatian examen here.
  • Several versions of the prayer are available here.

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