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November 8, 2019 – Our Fall 2019 workshop, "Spiritual Direction for Young Adults" was held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Ignatius House in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop was recorded, and the video is now available on our website. Thank you to all who participated!

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November 6, 2019 – Sr. Sheila Smith is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She is presently serving as the Representative for her congregation at the United Nations in New York. Sheila completed her doctorate in theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, where she also helped found PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans). We spoke with Sr. Sheila about her work to prevent human trafficking on October 25, 2019, as part of our “Works of Love” campaign.

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October 30, 2019 – This year, there are two Comunidades at the Parish of Mount Carmel in Staten Island, one offered in Spanish and the other in Mixtec, an indigenous language of southern Mexico.

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October 24, 2019 – Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., is appointed the first provincial for the Jesuits USA East Province. He will assume office on July 31, 2020.

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October 8, 2019 – The colloquium, held at the Campion Conference & Renewal Center in Weston, MA, on Sept. 11, 2019, considered some of the key challenges facing aging Jesuits. It explored ways in which the Exercises can assist an aging Jesuit with insight, warmness of heart, and a spiritual freedom that gracefully leads to final fulfillment in God.

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October 3, 2019 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Missionary spring in the Church. "We must also remember that the soul of the Church’s mission is prayer. In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary spring for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church."

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September 18, 2019 – The president of the Jesuit Conference and the U.S. and Canadian provincials released a joint statement calling for increased advocacy efforts.

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Sept. 4, 2019 – OIS is launching a new program this fall called Las Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas, or Hispanic Ignatian Communities. The Comunidades will be comprised of 15 to 20 adults committed to deepening their faith, accompanying one another on their spiritual journey, and putting their faith into action.

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September 4, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for the protection of the ocean. "Our solidarity with the 'common home' is born from our faith. Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans."

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Sept. 4, 2019 – The Season of Creation began on Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 4. Christians around the world are encouraged to pray for the care of Creation and to consider ways to act. Below are some resources from a variety of Catholic environmental organizations to help you more substantively engage in this Season.

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August 5, 2019 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for families and the role that they play in teaching future generations. "Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly 'schools of true human development'."

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July 31, 2019 – Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus and inspiration of all we refer to as Ignatian spirituality.

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July 1, 2019 – More than 125 spiritual directors attended our Symposium for Ignatian Spiritual Directors last Thursday through Saturday at Fordham University. Thank you to everyone participated in this wonderful event!

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June 13, 2019 – The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) in Baltimore is looking to hire a full-time director to manage and grow the regional office. IVC matches seasoned professionals with charities and nonprofits seeking skilled volunteers.

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June 10, 2019 – In February, the Society of Jesus announced four Universal Apostolic Preferences. These Preferences—promoting discernment and the Spiritual Exercises, walking with the excluded, caring for our common home, and journeying with youth—will guide the global mission of the Jesuits for the next decade. While the Preferences are not exactly ranked, it seems appropriate that the Spiritual Exercises should come first.

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June 6, 2019 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to pray for priests. "Let us be thankful for their example and testimony," said Pope Francis. "Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor."

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May 10, 2019 — On May 7, Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche, passed away in Paris. He touched the heart of many, including several Canadian Jesuits.

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May 7, 2019 – In his most recent monthly prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on his May intention: The Church in Africa. "Let us pray this month that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent."

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21 de abril de 2019 – DESTROZADOS, APLASTADOS, ROTOS… Todas nuestras suposiciones, nuestros prejuicios, nuestras confusiones y desesperanzas, todos nuestros pecados dispersos por el suelo. Esparcidos como si una ametralladora hubiese explotado afuera de una tumba vacía.

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12 de Abril de 2019 — Este año celebré mi cumpleaños el mismo día que Silvia*, una mujer hospedada en nuestro hogar de acogida en Nogales, Sonora, Méjico. Cuando llegué al hogar, las paredes y las ventanas estaban adornadas con globos, pancartas y decoraciones. La Hermana Alicia, directora del hogar, distribuyó botellas de coca cola y un gran pastel de chocolate para compartir. Junto con las otras mujeres y niños, y también con un grupo que nos visitaba desde California, cantamos, nos reímos, jugamos y nos dimos abrazos de cumpleaños.

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7 de abril de 2019 – El texto del Evangelio de hoy es tradicionalmente conocido como el de “la mujer adúltera”. Sin embargo, me llama la atención la parte del texto donde dice que pusieron a esta mujer de pie ante Él. El grupo de hombres la obligó a ponerse en medio de la turba enfurecida que quería matarla. No les era suficiente someterla a una ejecución que supusiera el mayor dolor posible. Además querían avergonzarla y ponerla como un claro ejemplo de alguien que viola los derechos, propiedad de los hombres, que es como se definía el adulterio en esos tiempos. Eso también explica por qué ella fue la única merecedora del castigo, aún sabiendo que se necesitan de dos personas para cometer el adulterio.

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31 de marzo de 2019 — Esa es la pregunta que muchos padres me han hecho cuando se han dado cuenta que deben encontrar un lugar más seguro para sus hijos, aún cuando esto signifique dejar sus hogares.

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Our Spring 2019 workshop for spiritual directors begins at 9:00 AM EDT on Saturday, March 30. Click here to watch this workshop live.

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24 de marzo de 2019 – La vida y nuestra fe están llenas de misterios y aparentes contradicciones. Uno de esos misterios es cómo Dios transforma la desolación y el pecado en fortaleza interior.

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17 de marzo de 2019 – La historia de la Transfiguración es ilustrada muchas veces como la experiencia de subir a una montaña. Jesús necesitando descansar, se retira a un lugar elevado y allí se transfigura y se vuelve radiante en gloria divina recibiendo la motivación para su ministerio. Inspirado, Jesús baja de la montaña y vuelve a encontrarse con aquellos a quienes él sirve. Hay mucho que reflexionar en torno a este texto.

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