June 2018
Photograph courtesy of Irina Kostenich
A Season of Celebrations

Dear Friends,

June is a season of commencements, of poignant endings, celebration of achievements, and of new beginnings. The Loyola Institute for Spirituality has had its own commencement, marked by God’s gracious goodness to us and by the generosity of all our associates, supporters, donors, and companions throughout the year.

June 3 was our official commencement, which was festive, congratulatory, and celebrative. What a profoundly moving event to see yet another group of dedicated lovers of the Spiritual Exercises witness to the transformation and formation which had occurred in their lives! We graduated fifteen in the Ignatian Spirituality Formation Program (ISFP) and twenty-two in the Programa de Formación Espiritual Ignaciana (PFEI). The two commencement speakers, Lanelle Gordin and Mabel Suarez-Zarate gave moving tributes to the dynamism and grace that they had experienced throughout these three years.  Go, therefore, and teach all nations (Matthew 26:19).

A beaming Raymond Uribe, our LIS Communications manager, was one of these distinguished graduates. As the names were read off, Mr. Carlos Obando, the program director and I presented a Certificate of Completion and congratulated each person.

Already we are expecting another excellent class of aspirant associates this coming fall. Tell your friends, encourage them to take a risk on God, spread the word, and sign them up.

I am not yet ready to give my valedictory, but I have announced to the Board of Trustees that I will be leaving LIS on July 13 in order to return to Seattle University.   I had hoped by now we would have a new Executive Director in place to announce to you, but we are still in the search and interview stage. Already we have interviewed 13 people, some for a second round.­­­­­­

With blessings and gratitude,

Rev. Patrick Howell, S.J.,
Executive Director ad interim
Ignatius Day is July 31, 2018. Stay tuned for news about our celebration, open to all our friends.

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.

On Saturday, June 2, LIS Staff hosted the Love in Action Celebration to honor and thank Associates and colleagues who work with LIS in the various LIS programs and events throughout the year. We also presented the "Love in Action" Award to Sophie Nguyen and Chelo Jarme (pictured right). Both Sophie and Chelo embody the LIS mission in an extraordinary way with great generosity. Congratulations to Sophie and Chelo, and thank you to our Associates and colleagues.

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 present 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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