Ongoing Ignatian Formation

“Life and mission are inseparable.   On the one hand, we know that we are a fragile body. […] On the other, we live as pilgrims, always seeking to draw profit from the tensions that arise from our mission as it is carried out in complex and ever-changing contexts.”  (Fr. Sosa SJ, Superior General)

“The Pilgrim”(the term St. Ignatius used to refer to himself in his Autobiography) would certainly assert that tensions are opportunities to discern creative ways to respond to the demands of our mission.  Mining the treasures of our Catholic, Jesuit Traditions, the Office of Ignatian Identity offers several educational, spiritual and service opportunities to support ongoing formation for our adult community, contributing to the formation of persons dedicated to excellence in mission.

All adult members of the McQuaid Jesuit administration, board, faculty and staff, parents/guardians are welcome to attend the opportunities provided below.

Faculty/Staff/Administration

Yoga means union, and in this highly experiential and contemplative class, we will be exploring the 7 unique mansions of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle through the embodied spiritual practice of Ignatian Yoga. In this retreat, you will learn practices that will guide and orient you  – your mind, body, and spirit – to the innermost place in yourself, where God dwells within you. Like her mystical contemporary, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa calls us to be mystics without monasteries, those who cultivate their inner light, so they might set fire upon the earth.

When: Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where:  McQuaid Jesuit

Retreat Leader:  Tracey Bors

2019-2020 McQuaid Jesuit Retreatants

The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help deepen our relationship with God. St. Ignatius initially intended the Exercises to be experienced in 30 days in solitude and silence, with daily meetings  with a spiritual director to guide the retreat. An alternative to the 30 Day Retreat is the Exercises in 30 weeks to accommodate retreatant’s daily life.  At McQuaid Jesuit the retreat begins in mid-September with the Mass to the Holy Spirit  and concludes mid-May at the Pentecost.

A potential retreatant possesses a deepening desire to draw closer to God, and is willing to allow his/her life to be formed by the Gospel of Jesus so to serve with Christ more intentionally in the work entrusted to her/him in our mission of education of young men.  The retreat requires five group meetings throughout the year, daily pray with either one of the Exercises or Scripture, and a weekly meeting with a spiritual director.

If you are interested in making the Spiritual Exercises in 2020-2021, please contact Dr. Zynda at 256-6103 or dzynda@mcquaid.org.

 


 

Board of Trustees

A Jesuit school has a governing board which holds the Jesuit and Catholic mission and identity of the school in trust for the Society of Jesus by setting direction, establishing policies, and ensuring programs that build and manifest the school’s Jesuit and Catholic identity.  Standards and Benchmarks (Standard 4)

Outcomes This Formation Process anchors members of the McQuaid Board of Trustees in Ignatian Spirituality, the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the History and Mission of the Society of Jesus, and the History and Mission of McQuaid Jesuit High School. Ignatian pedagogy (experience, reflection on experience, spiritual conversation) and didactic learning will be used throughout.
Information Principles of Ignatian Leadership:  A Resource for a Faith-Committed Life by William J. Byron SJ and James L. Connor SJ Our Way of Proceeding:  Standards and Benchmarks  for Jesuit Schools in the 21st Century Jesuit Schools Network
Formation Mission Formation Committee Meetings 

Fridays at 8:15-9:15 AM

Mission & Ministry Conference Room

  • November 18, 2019 (10-11 AM)
    • Ignatian Spirituality:  Our Way of Life
      • Presenter:  Dr. Damian Zynda
  • February 2, 2020
    • The Life of St. Ignatius Loyola
      • Presenters:  Mrs. Lisa Soprano and Mr. Jack Ruppert (2019 Boston College Mahar Scholars)
    • The Spiritual Exercises: Intimacy and Mission
      • Presenter:  Mr. Joe Carney
  • April 3, 2020
    • The History and Mission of McQuaid Jesuit High School
      • Presenter:  Dr. Christopher Parks
  • May 8, 2020
    • The History and Mission of the Society of Jesus
      • Presenter:  Mr. Jack Ruppert, History Department, McQuaid Jesuit
Transformation Reflective Conversation at each Committee Meeting

All Board Members are invited and encouraged to share the wealth of the Ignatian Tradition by making the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  The Spiritual Exercises is a 30 Week Retreat (modeled upon the original 30 Day Retreat) beginning in early September and ends mid-May May.

If you are interested please contact Dr. Damian Zynda at dzynda@mcquaid.org.

 

Parents

Yoga means union, and in this highly experiential and contemplative class, we will be exploring the 7 unique mansions of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle through the embodied spiritual practice of Ignatian Yoga. In this retreat, you will learn practices that will guide and orient you  – your mind, body, and spirit – to the innermost place in yourself, where God dwells within you. Like her mystical contemporary, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa calls us to be mystics without monasteries, those who cultivate their inner light, so they might set fire upon the earth.

When:  Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where:  McQuaid Jesuit

Retreat Facilitator:  Tracey Bors

Chris Lowney went from being a Jesuit to Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. taking with him the Ignatian wisdom of his formation.  Make Today Matter:  10 Habits for a Better Life Lowney synthesizes ten simple habits and practices for purposeful living.  Join us for a lively discussion of Mr. Lowney’s latest book!

When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where:  Office of Mission and Ministry Conference Room in the Wegman STEM Center (Enter through the Auditorium doors).

Facilitator:  Dr. Damian Zynda

Class of ’20 Mother-Son Retreat

Anticipating graduation naturally elicits excitement; it also brings grief as the Class of 2020 prepares to take leave of McQuaid Jesuit, and a community that has been “home-away-from-home” for years.  This retreat will help identify and navigate the grief associated with graduation and leaving home.  Please join Mr. Nathan Drahms, Director of Worship and Retreats and Dr. Damian Zynda, Director of Ignatian Identity as they skillfully draw on the Ignatian tools of “remembering” during this retreat.

When:  Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Where:  McQuaid Jesuit Chapel