Celebrating a Decade of Leadership

Our tenth CLA cohort in New York City will complete the program this spring! 

Since we began there a decade ago, we have expanded to eight more cities, and during that time nearly 500 people have completed CLA. 

Our alumni serve as lay leaders around the country in an array of professions. Some practice law, some work in education, some work in ministry, some are businesswomen, a few are doctors, and at least three CLA alums have entered religious life -- two as religious sisters and another as a Jesuit. All strive to live as women and men for others.

CLA Alumni: we want to hear from you!

We are continually inspired by the many young adults who come to CLA seeking to deepen their faith and discern how to live as Ignatian leaders. This year alone, more than 200 people are participating in CLA in nine cities nationwide. Participants work through the bigger questions in their lives, supported by a faith-filled community of peers committed to leadership and service. 

CLA has grown considerably since its first cohort in New York. We have formed new cohorts in new places, and successfully formed hundreds of Ignatian leaders, thanks to our many mentors, volunteers, donors, and supporters. 

There has never been a greater need for lay leaders in our Church. The entire CLA community sustains the program, making it such a formative experience for our participants. Together we have built the CLA community. We are all committed to the mission, and we all share in its success. 

Thank you for being part of the CLA community! We look forward to celebrating our past decade, and gearing up for the next one, with you in the coming months. 


Sr. Lisa Buscher, rscj
Program Director, Contemplative Leaders in Action

Sean Sanford
Director of Leadership & Young Adult Programs

Recent News

Nov. 14, 2018 – The cause for the beatification of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, has begun, according to a letter Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, superior of the Society of Jesus, sent to Jesuits today. Read more about this story from America Media.

The video recording of our workshop for spiritual directors, held on Nov. 3, 2018, is now available. Rev. David McCallum, SJ, offered the second part of his presentation titled "Adult Psychological Development and Spiritual Maturity: Ignatian Spirituality Across the Life Cycle, Part II."

Sept. 7, 2018 - In his September prayer video, Pope Francis asked us in joining him in praying for the young people in Africa. "Let us pray that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.”

August 24, 2018 — Read his full letter here.

Aug. 20, 2018 - On October 20-21, 2018, join fellow Jesuit educated grads for Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday. The Masses will feature a reception afterward, where attendees can learn about volunteer programs, spiritual development opportunities and other ways to take part in the many offerings of Jesuit ministries.

Aug. 6, 2018 - In his August prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on the treasure of families. “Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.”

Happy Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola! Today we celebrate this dynamic, insightful, and holy man, whose legacy includes the Spiritual Exercises and the founding of the Society of Jesus, two great gifts to the universal church.

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