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.


Open Wide our Hearts

The document Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of bishops as a formal statement of the same at its November 2018.  Access the document here Open Wide Our Hearts

It is this document that inspired our 2021 Ignatian Study Day on Friday, April 30, 2021.  Our presenter and facilitator for the day is Dr. Donna Andrade.

Dr. Donna Marie Andrade is the Dean of Mission and Ministry at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, CT. She designs and implements professional and spiritual programs for the Fairfield Prep adult community, oversees the Campus Ministry Department in which she supervises three direct reports, fosters school-province relationships which focus on the promotion of Jesuit Mission, and collaborates with the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University to provide additional programming and resources for Fairfield Prep community.

From 1985-2010, Andrade administrated the Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity Program (S.E.E.D.) which focuses, primarily, on recruiting students of color, as well as economically-marginalized students of all racial backgrounds, and providing the support services vital to the retention of student through working with faculty, parents, and the greater Bridgeport community. Andrade also served as Academic Dean for 16 years. In this capacity, she was responsible for the professional formation of Ignatian educators which encompassed new faculty orientation, supervision of faculty, In-Service Professional Development Workshops, and the Curriculum Design and Review Process (CDRP). As Academic Dean, Andrade supervised faculty who were in their first five years of teaching, worked in all faculty and Chairs of the Academic Departments on annual curriculum design and review. She also provided professional development for faculty which focused on Ignatian methodology and pedagogy, issues and trends in education, varied instructional and assessment strategies and techniques, multiple/cultural learning styles, and managing diversity issues both inside and outside of the classroom.

Nationally, Andrade most recently served (2012-2017) as board member for the Jesuit Schools Network (formerly named the Jesuit Secondary Education Association) and she previously served two terms on the JSEA Board from 1994-2000. Andrade also served as National Chair of the Diversity Conference for the JSEA from 1994-2001. In the latter role, Andrade coordinated the first three national conferences for the 44 U.S. Jesuit high schools, and served as a consultant to these institutions upon their request. In 2011, Andrade served as Chair of the National Steering Committee for the second JSEA Ignatian Leadership Academy. In November 2014, Andrade was one of 14 North Americans selected to participate in the International Seminar on Ignatian Education & Pedagogy in Manresa, Spain. Locally, Andrade also serves as a board member for Fairfield University’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

In addition to her responsibilities with Jesuit schools on the local, regional, and national levels, Andrade concurrently served an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Stamford, (1994-2014), Fordham University (1992-2006), the New School for Social Research (1995-1998), Southern Connecticut State University (1997-2000), and Fairfield University (1991-1992).

Prelection Reading to Establish Context

  1. Universal Apostolic Preferences
  2. Contemplation and Political Action:  An Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement
  3. Avoiding Racial Equity Detours
  4. DEI Focus Groups 



Welcome and Introduction of the Process of the Day: Fr. Phil Judge SJ

Opening Examen: Christian Verghese SJ and CDEI

 Introduction of Dr. Donna Andrade: Fr. Phil Judge SJ

          CONTEXT: JESUIT MISSION: Dr. Donna Andrade

10:00   BREAK



Comments/Insights/ Observations & Questions for Donna


Where is McQJ now and where do we want/need to go?

Overview and Introduction of Feedback from Focus Groups Cohorts (Google docs)

    1. Counseling, Mission & Ministry, Committee on DEI
    2. President’s Leadership Team
    3. Academic Council
    4. Students

Instructions for Break-out Groups after lunch (Project WORKSHEET)

12:00   LUNCH


Focus Groups – Table group work (WORKSHEETS at Tables

1:45     BREAK



Evaluations (hard copies)

Closing Prayer: Patient Trust (Damian Zynda)

2:45      GRATITUDE AND DISMISSAL (Adam Baber)


Veteran Staff

Ignatian Formation for Mission 

This Formation process is foundational for understanding Ignatian Identity so as to live with a deeper awareness of the Mission of Jesuit Education.

Unit 1:  The Life of Ignatius 

Presenter:  Fr. Marc Roselli SJ

Date:  November 2, 2020

Time:  3-4 PM

Place: Mission and Ministry Conference Room

Unit 2: Ignatian Spirituality Rooted in the Spiritual Exercises

Presenter:  Damian Zynda

Date: February 1, 2021

Time:  3-4 PM

Place: Wahl Room


Unit 3:  The History of the Jesuits

Presenter:  Jack Ruppert

Date:  March 15, 2021

Time:  3-4 PM

Place: 2nd Floor Conference Room


Unit 4:  The History of McQuaid Jesuit 

Presenter:  Dr. Christopher Parks

Date:  May 10, 2021

Time:  3-4 PM

Place: 2nd Floor Conference Room


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 

Mission & Ministry Conference Room

  • November
    • Ignatian Spirituality:  Our Way of Life
      • Presenter:  Dr. Damian Zynda
  • February
    • 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
    • The History and Mission of McQuaid Jesuit High School
      • Presenter:  Dr. Christopher Parks
  • May
    • 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