October 30, 2019 – OIS's Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas gathered at the Parish of Mount Carmel in Staten Island for the first time on Sept. 24, 2019. Mass celebrated by Fr. Hernán Paredes. This year, there are two Comunidades at the Parish of Mount Carmel, one offered in Spanish and the other in Mixtec, an indigenous language of southern Mexico. Nearly 70 people attended the Mass, including the program leaders, the participants, and their families.
In his homily, Fr. Hernán highlighted the value of the Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas program and the significance of having a Mixtec community so committed and enthusiastic about engaging more deeply with Ignatian spirituality in their own language. During the Mass, Andrés Fabián, one of the programs leaders for the Mixtec Comunidad, offered a deep-felt introduction of the Comunidades and why, especially for the leaders, it is both a real challenge and a blessing to be able to participate in the program. Fr. Hernán also gave a special blessing both to the guides and to the materials that participants will use in each of the program sessions.
The Comunidad facilitated in Spanish held its first session of the program itself on Oct. 8, 2019. The topic for this first part of the program was “What are the Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas?”
Fifteen people participated in this more than two-hour session in which the local leaders for the Comunidad explained the program. The participants introduced themselves, prayed together, and had the opportunity to share ideas, doubts, and suggestions with the group.
The Comunidad facilitated in Mixtec gathered for its first session of the program on Oct. 22, 2019, also on the topic of “What are the Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas?” Fifteen participants attended this session led by Aida Reyes and Andrés Fabián.
Despite the challenges to forming this Comunidad in Mixtec, the leaders did a great job making this opportunity available. Because the participants only speak Spanish partially and have difficulty reading and writing, the leaders have translated and adapted the material so that everyone can participate and contribute to the group.
Elaine Ireland and Jim Palmer from Loyola on the Potomac Jesuit retreat house will lead our Examen Live! on Aug. 14, 2020, at 12:30 PM Eastern. 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. Sign up to receive updates and reminders.
August 3, 2020 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for The Maritime World. We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. Our world cries out for healing and renewal. May we place our hand into the hand of the God who calmed the seas that his beautiful gift of creation may be restored and all whose lives depend on the fruits of the ocean be protected, this day and always. As one, may we rejoice and give thanks. Amen.
On the eve of the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, we gather (online) to pray as one Ignatian community for healing, justice, and peace. Join us on Thursday, July 30, from 7:00-7:30 PM ET for this bilingual prayer service.
July 30, 2020 - Join Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, on Sun., Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., for a live, interactive discussion as he shares the Ignatian way of making decisions and the surprising closeness to God it brings, which is needed now more than ever. This event is hosted by the Jesuit retreat houses on the East Coast, and proceeds from the event will go to support their ministries.
July 3, 2020 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Our Families. The often-frenetic rhythm of life that we follow is detrimental to our family life. This is an important problem, because no one—neither we as individuals nor society as a whole—can do without families. This is truer now than ever during the time of crisis that we are living. As Pope Francis says, “families are not a problem, they are first and foremost an opportunity.”
July 1, 2020 – Fifteen representatives from Jesuit parishes and organizations in New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, participated in a Day of Virtual Action in Spanish with a member of Senator Bob Menéndez's (D-NJ) staff on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.