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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.