NEWS & UPDATES | July 31, 2020
Dear Friend,

Today we celebrate with the whole church the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola. Here on the East coast, we mark the unification of our two Jesuit provinces (Maryland and USA Northeast) into the USA East Province.

As we mark this historic day, we at the Office of Ignatian Spirituality give thanks for the leadership of outgoing Provincials Fr. John Cecero, SJ, and Fr. Bob Hussey, SJ, whose vision for a coordinated ministry of Ignatian spirituality gave rise to the creation of OIS. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

And we are delighted to welcome Fr. Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, as our new provincial. We wish him many blessings as he takes on this new role and look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead.

The teaching and example of St. Ignatius Loyola lay out a pathway to God that is practical, prayerful, and radically rooted in Christ. As we celebrate his feast, let us rejoice at the great gift St. Ignatius left us, and commit ourselves once again to following the Lord in his footsteps, ever seeking the greater glory of God. Below you will find several offerings to help you on your journey. 

If you missed our bilingual prayer service last night, "One Ignatian Community," I invite you to watch the video here.

And finally, I encourage you to consider supporting the ministry of our Jesuit retreat houses through a live fundraising event this Sunday. Click here for details.

Blessings for a wonderful feast day!
Rev. George M. Witt, SJ
Executive Director
Office of Ignatian Spirituality
"One Ignatian Community"
Last night, leaders and partners from across the various works of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality led a bilingual prayer service for the Ignatian community. This was an opportunity to gather and pray with one voice for healing, justice and peace, and to mark the historic occasion of the founding of the USA East Province.

In case you missed it, or wish to watch again, click here to view our “One Ignatian Community" video.
August 2, 2020, 4:00 PM (ET)
Fr. Jim Martin on Ignatian Contemplation
Support the Jesuit Retreat Houses of the USA East Province this Sunday, Aug 2. Join Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, and Boreta Singleton for a live interactive webinar. They will discuss the Ignatian way of decision making and the surprising closeness to God it brings. Includes opportunity to ask questions via live Q&A.

Sunday, Aug. 2, at 4:00 PM Eastern,
$100 per person. Click here to register.
Faber Training Program to Give the Spiritual Exercises Now Offered Online
Do you have a zeal for sharing the Spiritual Exercises with others? Consider being trained to become a ‘giver’ of the Spiritual Exercises through an online formation program based at Holy Trinity Church in Washington, DC.

Click here for more information or contact Martina O’Shea at for an application packet. Application deadline has been extended to August 21, 2020.
August 4, 2020, 7:30 PM (ET)
Music and Faith Sharing
Jesuit seminarian, Eric Immel, SJ, will lead the next Jesuit Connections Online event, "Music and Faith Sharing," this Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 PM Eastern.

Eric will play a short playlist via Zoom, followed by faith sharing and conversation.

This event is free and open to all young adults (20's and 30's.) Click here to RSVP.
August 14, 2020, 12:30 PM (ET)
Examen Live! with Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House
Whether you're new to the examen or have prayed it for years, take a few minutes to pause, reflect, and pray with us.

On Aug. 14, 12:30 PM Eastern, Elaine Ireland and Jim Palmer from Loyola on the Potomac Jesuit retreat house will lead our Examen Live!

Sign up and we'll send you a quick reminder a few hours before the event.

Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House, Gloucester, MA
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Office of Ignatian Spirituality | USA East Province of the Society of Jesus