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 are upended. 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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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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