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

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Ignatian Yoga is a collaborative ministry of Jesuits and lay people that integrates the spirituality of St. Ignatius and the practices of yoga and meditation.  You are invited to enter into a deeper awareness of God’s presence as we reflect on our own experience, connecting mind, body, and spirit through yoga, prayer, and personal reflection time. With an emphasis on cura personalis and finding God in all things, McQuaid Jesuit’s Ignatian Yoga strives to bring you closer to your source – God’s love – strengthening you for mission!

Facilitator:  Tracey Bors

Place:  Room 050

Time:  Thursdays 3:15-4:15

Please bring your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes that will allow for ease of movement.  Prior yoga experience is not necessary. Drop in as you are able!

Tracey Bors has been a teacher of English at McQuaid Jesuit since 1995. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. In 2013, she earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certificate in Kundalini yoga. The same year, she completed her certification in Ayurvedic Healing from Kripalu, the largest yoga and holistic living center in the North America. This fall, she will continue her study of yoga in the Iyengar tradition at Open Sky Yoga Center, and will obtain her 500 hour certificate this summer. Ignatian Yoga represents the integration of two of Tracey’s passions: yoga and the mystical tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

 

Fall Lunchtime Theology Series

All members of the McQuaid Jesuit Adult Community (staff, faculty and administration) are welcome to attend our lunchtime series. Bring your lunch and an inquiring mind!  Attendance at all three sessions is preferable, but sometimes the demands of our mission prohibit full attendance. Come when you can!

LGBTQ Persons, the Church and Us
Session 1: What the Bible Says – and Doesn’t Say
Session 2: What the Church Teaches and Why
Session 3: Accompanying One Another

Fr. Kennedy will employ Fr. Martin’s book throughout, but especially in the last session which will look at pastoral approaches. In the first two sessions questions will be solicited and reserved for the third session. Fr. Kennedy will provide one-page handouts for each session as reference pages for the first and second session.

Fr. Robert Kennedy is a priest and retired pastor in the Diocese of Rochester. He has served as director of liturgy and of continuing education for the diocese, and was professor of liturgical studies at Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. He has ministered with gay and lesbian Catholics for forty years.

Presenter:         Fr. Robert Kennedy
Place:                 Wahl Room
Dates:                Wednesdays, October 17, 2018 (Assembly Schedule)
Times:               MS lunch: 11:10-11:35
HS 1st lunch: 11:50-12:15
HS 2nd lunch: 12:30-12:55
                         Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (XED)
MS lunch: 10:40-11:05
HS 1st lunch: 11:00-11:25
HS 2nd lunch 12:15-12:40
                          Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (4ED)
MS lunch: 11:20-11:50
HS 1st lunch: 12:05-12:35
HS 2nd lunch: 12:50-1:20

Text to accompany this series: Fr. James Martin SJ, Building A Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Center into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity. Available on line. Please note the book does not need to be read prior to the series.

Lenten Lunchtime Series

In our effort to be mindful of the limitations of our humanity, Be Still, Be Human retrieves the Old and New Testament mandate to “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” But the notion of Sabbath as a time to pause for rest and refreshment is no longer widely practiced in the Western world. The result of this is that we are losing much of our humanity as we become more like machines.

In these lunch-time sessions,  let us explore the value of observing some sense of Sabbath as a means of side-stepping the present-day cultural excesses which often seem to result in  a great deal of exhaustion, restlessness, consumerism, greed, and anxiety.

Presenter:  Dr. Joseph Kelly

Place:        Wahl Room

Dates:        Mondays, March 11, 18 and 25, 2019

Times:       MS lunch 11:00-11:30 AM

HS 1st lunch 11:45AM-12:15PM

HS 2nd lunch 12:30-1:00 PM

Text to accompany this series:  Walter Brueggemann, The Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.  Available on line.  The book does not need to be read prior to the series.

Dr. Joseph Kelly retired from full-time teaching after 37 years. For 11 years, he was Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at St. Bernard’s Seminary on Lake Avenue in Rochester. He then served for 26 years as Professor of Religious Studies at Nazareth College. Now he devotes his time to teaching Adult Education courses in Scripture and Religious Studies in various parishes and congregations in Rochester and the Upstate area.

2018-2019 McQuaid Jesuit Retreatants

From left to right:  Tom Greiner (staff), Tracey Bors (faculty), Maria Mruzek (parent), Penny Gonzalez (staff), St. Ignatius, Jack Ruppert (faculty), Maureen McGinn (staff), Joe Carney (board), Alicia Chase (parent) and Kara Maloney (board & parent)

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 2019-2020, please contact Dr. Zynda at 256-6103 or dzynda@mcquaid.org.

 


 

Easter Morning.  One faithful woman went to visit the grave of her friend, Jesus.  What did she see?  What did she hear?  What did she know deep in her heart when Jesus called her name?  What mission did he give to  her?

This Ignatian Prayer Series will take you deep into the Mystery of that amazing Easter Morning.  Time will be provided for Ignatian Contemplation, Guided Journal Reflection and Spiritual Conversation among participants.

Participants need to bring a journal for reflection.

Facilitator:  Dr. Damian Zynda

Dates:  Mondays, May 6, 13 and 20, 2019

Time:   Coffee and tea (Provided by the Parents Association) from 8:00-8:15 AM outside the chapel.  Prayer begins at 8:15 and concludes at 9:00 AM

Place:  McQuaid Jesuit Chapel

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 SJOur Way of Proceeding:  Standards and Benchmarks  for Jesuit Schools in the 21st Century Jesuit Schools Network
Formation Mission Formation Committee Meetings 

Tuesdays at 7:30 -8:30 AM

Second Floor Conference Room

    • October 23, 2018
      • Ignatian Spirituality:  Our Way of Life
        • Presenter:  Dr. Damian Zynda
    • January 22, 2019
      • The Life of St. Ignatius Loyola
        • Presenters:  Ms. Adrienne Suter & Mr. Jeff Grifa (2018 Boston College Mahar Scholars)
      • The Spiritual Exercises: Intimacy and Mission
        • Presenter:  Hon. Patricia Marks
    • March 19, 2019
      • The History and Mission of the Society of Jesus
        • Presenter:  Dr. Kathy Ruppert
    • April 30, 2019
      • The History and Mission of McQuaid Jesuit High School
        • Presenter:  Dr. Christopher Parks
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

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Through Ignatian Contemplation and yoga retreatants will be led deeper into the experience of Jesus’s Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Retreatants will need a yoga mat, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement, and a journal or notebook.

Facilitators:  Tracey Bors and Damian Zynda

Date:  Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time:  Coffee and tea will be available at 8:30 AM.  The retreat begins at 9:00 AM and concludes with lunch at noon.

Place:  McQuaid Jesuit Room 50 alternating in the Chapel

Fee:  $10

Registration will open March 1, 2019.

 

 

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Facilitator:  Dr. Damian Zynda

Date:  Sunday, March 3, 2019

Time:  4:00 – 6:00 PM

Place:  McQuaid Jesuit Chapel

Reservations open February 1, 2019

Easter Morning.  One faithful woman went to visit the grave of her friend, Jesus.  What did she see?  What did she hear?  What did she know deep in her heart when Jesus called her name?  What mission did he give to  her?

This Ignatian Prayer Series will take you deep into the Mystery of that amazing Easter Morning.  Time will be provided for Ignatian Contemplation, Guided Journal Reflection and Spiritual Conversation among participants.

Participants need to bring a journal for reflection.

Facilitator:  Dr. Damian Zynda

Dates:  Mondays, May 6, 13 and 20, 2019

Time:   Coffee and tea (Provided by the Parents Association) from 8:00-8:15 AM outside the chapel.  Prayer begins at 8:15 and concludes at 9:00 AM

Place:  McQuaid Jesuit Chapel

 

Shannon Lecture Series

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“At the beginning of dialogue there is encounter. This generates the first knowledge of the other. If, indeed, we start from the presumption of our common human nature, it is possible to overcome prejudice and falsehood, and to begin to understand the other from a new perspective.” ~ Pope Francis 

In a time when division leads to polarization and the mass migration of displaced and suffering people results in the building of border walls, we have chosen to focus on the transformative power of human encounters across and between religious traditions. Our theme also has a local source of inspiration: the dynamism of an unwavering commitment to interfaith relations here in Rochester, N.Y.

Pope Francis speaks directly to the transformative power of encounter with the other. He identifies it as a dynamic moment, offering clarity, insight, and truth—about ourselves and the other. Each of our speakers will address how this encounter has transformed her or his life’s work: the questions raised about one’s Catholic identity when dialogue with the other begins in earnest, the insights gleaned when one perceives that faith communities are organically interrelated in unexpected ways, and the understandings that demand to be integrated into one’s scholarly worldview.

Taken as a whole, this series invites us to experience theological method at its best: engaging human experiences, seeking the meaning of those experiences in light of our faith commitment, and challenging us to live our faith beliefs through practices that infuse our world with a hope that stands in spite of disappointment, tragedy, or injustice.

Rita George-Tvrtković

Francis X. Clooney, S.J