Virtual Info Sessions for OIS's New "CURA" Initiative, October 1 and 14
The Office of Ignatian Spirituality (OIS) is hosting two virtual info sessions for a new initiative call "CURA." The first session will be from 5:00pm-6:00pm on October 1, and the second will be from 12:00pm-1:00pm on October 14.
CURA is designed as a “next step” program for Magis grads and others who work at Jesuit apostolates and have completed similar initial Ignatian formation experiences. The goal is to form an Ignatian learning community. Participants will take a deeper dive into Ignatian spirituality, theology, and practical skill development that prepares them to better respond to opportunities for service, all while learning from and supporting one another.
Participants are asked to make a two-year commitment, although members are welcome to remain a part of this community for as long as CURA is meeting their needs and desires. To account for people’s busy personal and professional lives as well as keeping involvement affordable, there will be a mix of online and in-person programming. The in-person events are limited to one 3-day retreat annually and several regional 90-minute gatherings over the course of the year. (Due to the Covid situation, all gatherings will be online for the time being.) A pilot program will begin in spring of 2021.
OIS is hosting two virtual open houses to discuss the program and answer questions. Those interested should feel free to drop in on one for as long as they would like — no need to RSVP in advance. Here is the information for those sessions:
October 1, 5-6 pm. Click here to join via Zoom, or copy and paste the link below into your browser. https://jesuitseastois-org.zoom.us/j/95984174812?pwd=NEo0Z2RFOGxjUzZCMzVMck9TRUxHdz09
October 14, 12-1 pm. Click here to join via Zoom, or copy and paste the link below into your browser. https://jesuitseastois-org.zoom.us/j/95984174812?pwd=NEo0Z2RFOGxjUzZCMzVMck9TRUxHdz09
If you are interested but neither of these times work for you, please contact Kevin O'Brien, Director of Ignatian Formation Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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