July 2018
Photograph courtesy of M eriç Tuna
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

Dear Friends,

At the heart of the Loyola Institute are the three values that we espouse: transformation, formation, and discipleship.

Through the Spiritual Exercises and the closer encounter of the divine and humankind with Christ, participants are so transformed that they readily embrace the multiple offerings of formation that LIS offers. And, of course, the ultimate goal is for freshly renewed disciples to fan the flames and set the world on fire for the love of God for the world.

Remarkably, in the short one year that I’ve been here, I have experienced all three of these values myself. It has been a year of surprising grace and a deepening of my appreciation for how God works in so many times and places and people.  The Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins captures this spontaneous outbreak of beauty:
––––for Christ plays in ten thousand places, 
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his 
To the Father through the features of human faces. 

An assignment by my Jesuit provincial to Orange County was certainly never on my radar. But my narrowed imagination suddenly burst open when I encountered the vitality of LIS and how so many Associates, graduates, and friends were fervently alive with the possibilities of our Institute.

Whatever successes we have had this year are certainly due to all of you. I think particularly of the generosity of the Associates, the Fabulous Five led by Helene Markel who put Hearts on Fire together, and the LIS Board, led by Jerry Thode, who have tirelessly kept in consultation in the search for the new director and the other board activities. And finally, the talented generous staff at LIS has been outstanding; I have treasured the terrific Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange who graciously befriended me.

So as I come to the close on my time here on July 13, I don’t say, “Goodbye,” but rather, “To be continued. . . “ which is the manner in which Sister Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, the world-class theologian, and I always shared in our farewells. So a toast to friendship and to our continuing companionship in the Lord.
With blessings and gratitude,

Rev. Patrick Howell, S.J.,
Executive Director ad interim
LIS Staff, members of the Board of Directors, Associates, and friends gathered on July 12 for a special farewell Mass and celebration for Fr. Pat Howell, S.J.

We are very grateful for Fr. Pat's leadership over the last year as Executive Director ad interim.

We wish Father Pat safe travels and the best of God's good blessings as he returns to Seattle University.
Registrations for the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life are now open. Make an appointment today and experience this life-changing retreat.

We have two courses this Fall: Ignatian Prayer, Thurs., Sept. 6 – Oct. 11, 2018 and Biblical Foundations in Spirituality, Thurs., Oct. 25 - Dec. 6, 2018. Don't miss out on these great courses.

Save the date: Sun., Sept. 23, 3:30 - 5:30 pm: An Afternoon with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ. Fr. Greg is the founder of Homeboy Industries and author of the 2010  New York Times-bestseller  Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. A ticketed soiree will follow. More information to come.

Te invitamos a participar en el Programa de Formación Espiritual Ignaciana . Iniciamos en unas semanas.
Este año ofreceremos Desafío en tres diferentes parroquias: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Tercera y Grand, en Santa Ana), Holy Family Cathedral, y San Joaquín.
¿Buscas algo en tu vida? ¿Deseas llevar tu relación con Dios a un nivel más profundo? Te invitamos a participar en los Ejercicios en la Vida Diara . El retiro se lleva a cabo por nueve meses y requiere oración diaria, una junta semanal con un director espiritual, y una junta mensual con todos los ejercitantes. 

We will not have an Ignatian Day Celebration this coming July 31. Our staff will be at Mary and Joseph Retreat center leading a silent, guided retreat.

For more information about the retreat, please click here.

Please be assured of our prayers for you on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Thank you to everyone who has responded to our summer appeal. Our goal is to raise $25,000 during the summer.

Can you help us reach our goal?

If you would like to make a summer donation to LIS, please visit our donate page by clicking here.

Dates:  Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, and 11, 2018
Instructor: Br. Charles Jackson, S.J.
Prayer is essential to deepening one’s personal relationship with God. This course explores some key elements of prayer—e.g . , desire, grace, imagination, the affections, etc.—difficulties in prayer, obstacles to prayer, and growth in prayer. Participants will have opportunities to experience different methods of prayer: Ignatian Contemplation, Lectio Divina, the Examination of Consciousness, and more.
Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, and Dec. 6, 2018
Instructor: Sr. Christine Hilliard, C.S.J.
This course is an introduction to the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) and explores its importance in personal spirituality and growth. The relevance of Scripture in Ignatian spirituality, in prayer, and in daily Christian living is highlighted. Participants are invited to a prayerful, meditative reading of Scripture. 
Cost: $180 per course
To register or for more information, please visit our website or contact Br. Charles Jackson, S.J.,
at 714-997-9587, ext. 109 email jackson@loyolainstitute.org

The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life is a nine-month retreat experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It invites spiritual seekers to discern their deepest desire and discover who they are, what God is, and where God is calling them in the events of their life.

Applications are now being accepted for the retreat beginning in September 2018. For more information, click here for a flyer or contact Br. Charlie at jackson@loyolainstitute.org
Our Mission

The Loyola Institute for Spirituality, founded in 1997, 
works to promote a faith-that-does-justice, in the tradition of St. Ignatius.  

We declare our mission to be:
Setting Hearts on Fire with love of God for the world.
We bring spirituality to life by:
-Inviting spiritual seekers to transformation
-Fostering Ignatian formation and education
-Nurturing discipleship
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