Initial Ignatian Formation

McQuaid Jesuit provides a comprehensive five year formation process for faculty, staff and administration to carry forward our mission “to inspire young men to pursue excellence in all things, service to others  and life-long justice.”  Why such a comprehensive program?

If the faculty at a Jesuit school are men and women whose lives are inspired by the Ignatian vision, then the question about the percentage of Jesuits on the faculty is not an overriding issue. It is more a question of the quality of the lives of all the faculty, both Jesuit and lay. The school will be Jesuit if the lives of its teachers exemplify and communicate to the students the vision of Ignatius. (Foundations 7)

In applying this vision to secondary education, we assert that Jesuit schools must go beyond the criteria of academic excellence, important as this is, to the far more challenging task of bringing about a true metanoia in their students, that Jesuit schools must move more vigorously toward participation in community affairs, that they must more honestly evaluate their efforts according to the criteria of both the Christian reform of social structures and renewal of the Church.  (Foundations 5) –  Foundations Jesuit Secondary Education Association

Through exposure to materials and reflection on experience personnel new to McQuaid Jesuit will appropriate our Ignatian way of life and mission, enabling full participation in the apostolic work of the Society of Jesus at McQuaid Jesuit.  Expert presenters will delve deeply into areas of  expertise and personal interaction with materials will inspire living and educating with a heightened sense of awareness and intentionality, leading to personal growth and development. Forming lay collaborators within this matrix will yield more effective Jesuit educators, administrators and support staff imbued with a sense of mission at McQuaid Jesuit.

Outcomes At the conclusion of the first year, the cohort will have basic knowledge of the life of St. Ignatius, Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises, Jesuit History and Mission, the History of McQuaid Jesuit, Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, Ignatian Service and Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition.
Information Text to guide this phase of learning:  The Jesuit Guide to Everything by James Martin SJ

Monthly meetings highlighting salient topics to Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit Pedagogy

Formation Monthly Cohort Meetings:

Place:  Wahl Conference Room (Wegman STEM Center) *except for Dec. 4, 2018 (Campus Ministry Conference Room).

Time:  3:00-4:15 PM

Format:  The first part of each meeting (3:00-3:45) features a guest speaker respected for her/his expertise in the area presented. The second part of each meeting (3:45-4:15) is reserved for Reflection and Conversation lead by members of the cohort.

Course of Study:

October 16, 2018     Theme:  The Life of Ignatius

Presenters:  Adrienne Suter & Jeff Grifa, 2018 Mahar Scholars, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

Reflection and Conversation:  Ch. 1 & 2; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 402-403

 

November 6, 2018     Theme:  Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises

Presenter:  Andy Hoelperl, Theology Dept.

Reflection and Conversation on:  Ch. 3 & 4; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 403-404

 

December 4, 2018    Theme:  Jesuit History and Mission

Presenter:  Dr. Kathy Ruppert, History Dept.

Reflection and Conversation on:  Ch. 5 & 6; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 404-405

 

January 8, 2019     Theme:   History and Mission of McQuaid Jesuit

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Parks, Dean of Students

Reflection and Conversation:  Ch. 7 & 8; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 405-406

 

February 26, 2019     Theme:   Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm

Presenter:  Dan Hershel, Director of Curriculum

Reflection and Conversation:

Ch. 9 & 10; Reflection (to guide the reading): pg. 406

 

March 12, 2019     Theme: Ignatian Service

Presenter:  Patrick Flaherty, Director of Service and Justice

Reflection and Conversation:  Ch. 11-14; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 406-408

 

April 29, 2019     First Year Cohort Day Long Retreat (8:30 AM-3:00 PM)

Facilitator:  Damian Zynda

Place:  Mercy Spirituality Center

65 Highland Ave.

Rochester, NY 14620

 

May 7, 2019     Theme:  Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition

Presenter:  Matt Thomas JD, Director of Athletics

Transformation Integration of course materials with life experience is central to Ignatian Spirituality.  Integration experiences include:

  • Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment, Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Participation in the Liturgical Life of the school
  • Participation in UNE Province “Partners in Mission Retreat” June 11-13, 2019 in Morristown, NJ.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are the heart of Ignatian Spirituality.  A combination of “exercises” (meditations and active imagination contemplations, discernment, journaling, conversations with a spiritual director, and contemplative reflections unique to St. Ignatius) lead to greater spiritual intimacy and human authenticity – all in service of God.  The Exercises form a uniquely Ignatian identity from which  Jesuits and lay colleagues serve the mission of McQuaid Jesuit.

Outcome At the conclusion of the second year members of the cohort will have comprehensive knowledge of the theology, dynamics and formative principles of the Spiritual Exercises.  Members will have some experience of the Spiritual Exercises, but will not be making the Spiritual Exercises Retreat.
Information The text to guide this phase of formation:  The Gift of Spiritual Intimacy by Monty WIlliams SJ
Formation The process of formation includes:

Monthly meetings with the Director of Formation

  • Dates: Thursdays (unless otherwise indicated)
    • October 18, 2018
    • *November 5, 2018 (*Monday)
    • December 6, 2018
    • January 10, 2019
    • February 7, 2019
    • March 7, 2019
    • April 4, 2019
    • May 2, 2019
  • Time: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
  • Place:  Campus Ministry Conference Room in the Wegman Center
Transformation Integration for transformation continues.  Integration experiences include:

  • Spiritual Conversation at monthly meetings
  • Staff a Kairos Retreat during the 2018-2019 Academic year
  • Participation in the Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment October 5, 2018
  • Participation in the Liturgical life of McQuaid Jesuit

As the Spiritual Exercises form an Ignatian identity, Ignatian discernment is the interior compass that helps one live an Ignatian life.  Above all, St. Ignatius was interested in creating a person of discernment; one who sincerely asks Jesus what he desires and does it.  Given the complexity of our blessed and wounded human nature competing spirits (the Spirit of God and the enemy of human nature) conspire for our affection making it difficult to determine God’s invitation and desires.  Attention to knowledge of God and knowledge of self, reason and affect, prayer and experience help us find God in all things, and serve God with joyful generosity.        

Outcomes At the conclusion of the year members of this cohort will have experiential knowledge of the theology and process of discernment.
Information The text to guide this phase of formation: God’s Voice Within by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ
Formation The process of formation includes:

Monthly meetings with the Director of Formation.

  • Dates: Thursdays
    • October 11, 2018
    • November 8, 2018
    • December 13, 2018
    • January 17, 2019
    • February 14, 2019
    • March 14, 2019
    • April 11, 2019
    • May 9, 2019
  • Time:    3:00-4:15 p.m.
  • Place:   Campus Ministry Conference Room in the Wegman Center
Transformation
  • Spiritual Conversation at the opening of monthly meetings
  • Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment, October 5, 2018
  • Staff one Kairos Retreat in the 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • Participation in the Liturgical Life of McQuaid Jesuit

Prepared with a firm foundation in Ignatian Studies, the Spiritual Exercises and discernment, the focus of this year’s formation is Ignatian Leadership.  Ignatius formed people to confidently and boldly step into the frontiers of education, the arts and sciences, ecology, politics, economics and religion to influence learning and living with an eye toward developing the whole person, contributing to making the world more humane.  Members of this cohort will continue to be formed for leadership, fortified with the necessary tools that distinguish Ignatian Leadership.

Outcomes At the conclusion of this year members of the cohort will identify, cultivate and appropriate the ethos and principles that distinguish an Ignatian Leader.
Information The text to guide leadership formation:

  • Pedro Arrupe:  Essential Writings, Burke SJ
  • Principles of Ignatian Leadership by Byron & Connor, SJ
  • Contributing to an Ignatian Perspective on Leadership by Dufresne, Botto and Steele
  • Companions in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice  (Decree 1: GC #36)
  • “So we are Ambassadors for Christ” by William Woody SJ
Formation Meetings with the Director of Formation

  • Dates: Tuesdays
    • Oct. 30, 2018
    • Dec. 11, 2018
    • Jan. 29, 2019
    • March 5, 2019
    • April 2, 2019
  • Time:    3:00-4:15 PM
  • Place:  Campus Ministry Conference Room in the Wegman Center
Transformation
  • Spiritual Conversation at monthly meetings
  • Staff a Kairos Retreat during the 2018-2019 Academic year
  • Participation in the Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment October 5, 2018
  • Participation in the Liturgical life of McQuaid Jesuit

Richard Vernetti, Elizabeth Pietropaoli, Lisa Soprano, Anthony Lessard, Adrienne Suter

At the conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to“take the long look back.”  Through this exercise a person more clearly identifies experiences and gifts to help discern future steps.  Since this year brings the cohort to the threshold of a deeper commitment to McQuaid Jesuit, formation is in service of the question, “What do you desire?”  And, since discernment happens through dialogue initial formation culminates in a conversation between each member of the cohort and Principal Baber.

Outcomes At the conclusion of the year members will appropriate aspects of Ignatian formation and professional development through a year-long discernment process.
Information The texts to guide professional integration for leadership:

  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • Ignatian Humanism  by Ronald Modras
  • Our Way of Proceeding:  Standards and Benchmarks for Jesuit Schools by the Jesuit Network of Schools
Formation The process of formation includes:

  • Retreat:
    • Date: Monday, October 29, 2018
    • Time:  11:00 – 3:00 PM
    • Place:  Mercy Spirituality Center
  • Formation meetings for book review
    • Dates: Thursdays
      • Nov. 15, 2018
      • January 31, 2019
      • March 21, 2019
      • May 23, 2019
    • Time:  3:30 to 4:30 PM
    • Place:  Off campus
  • Four individual meetings between the October Retreat and March 2019 with the Director of Ignatian Identity who will facilitate the discernment
Transformation
  • A final three page paper, guided by the discoveries made in this year of discernment will be submitted to Mr. Baber by March 8, 2019.
  • Participation in the Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment October 5, 2018
  • Participation in the Liturgical life of McQuaid Jesuit