Spiritual Direction and Supervision Training at Fairfield University
The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University is offering two programs for spiritual direction training.
The first is "A Practicum in the Art of Supervision," beginning in September 2019. "This practicum is designed to provide experienced spiritual directors with the fundamental skills and further experience to develop their skills and grow in the art of supervision." Click here for more information.
The second is "Spiritual Direction Formation in the Ignatian Tradition: Developing a Listening Heart," beginning in January 2020. This program is a two-year certificate program in spiritual direction. "The program is intended for persons with a theological and ministerial background who feel called to serve in this ministry. The program provides intensive formation in the theory and practice of spiritual direction and in the theology and practice of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The program gives attention to the critical psychological issues frequently encountered in spiritual direction." Click here for more information.
February 6, 2020 – In 1975, the Society of Jesus published “Our Mission Today: The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice.” Composed under the leadership of then-Superior General Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, the document reminds us that we are to understand the pursuit of justice in the world as integral to the Ignatian way of proceeding. At the heart of Ignatian spirituality is the invitation to be a contemplative in action, and “action” means, in large part, working to create a more just society.
Jan. 2, 2020 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for the Promotion of World Peace. "We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world."
The invitation in Christmas is to reflect and shift our lives towards God’s wishes for us. Our hearts and activities should move in the same direction and be able to celebrate together the Nativity of Jesus.
December 22, 2019 – For Pope Francis, a perfect Christmas begins with us “making a mess” — that is to say taking a risk, seeing and speaking out about bad situations, doing something new, something different, something for justice, something that could change the misfortunes of the present so that the blessed future might arrive.
December 15, 2019 – “The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers… They will see the glory of the LORD,” the prophet Isaiah tells us in today’s first reading. It is a beautiful image, but I can hardly imagine it. When we speak of the desert, the first image that comes to mind for me is not flowers and lilies blooming, but what I see in photos and videos of immigrants trying to cross the southern border into the US.
December 1, 2019 – Advent is a liturgical season of great significance to Christians. We have the opportunity to reflect on, and prepare for, Jesus entering the world as a child in need of love and care. As we contemplate Jesus as a child, vulnerable and fragile, we are able to see his greatness.