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Not everything that happens in our prayer and our daily life is a message from God--or is it? Father Martin, author of Learning to Pray, will help us discern what's coming from God and what is not.
Fr. Martin is a member of the Society of Jesus, editor at large of America magazine, and consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication. He is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of the year.
Director, Service for Discernment in Common
Conflict, social polarisation, crisis. The contemporary context highlights a sense of both desolation and thirst for meaning and hope. The Ignatian spiritual practice of Discernment has helped many individuals and groups over the centuries to discern what God is calling them to be and become, as well as the concrete means to live out this call. In this session, Sr Laurence Loubières will share practical and tested steps to deepen authentic inner listening and communal discernment that leads to good decisions.
Laurence Loubières, a xaviere sister, living in Toronto, is the director of the Service for Discernment in Common of the Canadian Jesuit Province. With her background in management, consulting and Ignatian spirituality, she assists religious communities and apostolates with decision-making and strategic planning processes. Prior to that, she worked for over 15 years in sustainable and responsible investing. She notably contributed to the book "20 propositions pour réformer le capitalisme" (20 proposals to reform capitalism) edited by Gaël Giraud, SJ, and Cécile Renouard (Flammarion, 2012).
Provincial, Jesuits of Canada
The hurts and exclusion experienced by LGBTQ+ persons (within families, society or the church) have repercussions not just on their psychological and social well-being, but also on their ability to recognize and trust the fact that they have authentic spiritual lives. The resources of the Ignatian spiritual tradition have proven to be helpful to those who wish to accompany LGBTQ+ as they search for deeper personal freedom and an experience of genuine belonging in the Christian community. Fr. Mongeau will share the experiences and insights that flow from his almost thirty years of journeying with LGBTQ+ persons.
Gilles Mongeau, SJ, is socius of the Jesuits of Canada. After receiving a doctorate in theology from Regis College and the University of Toronto, he has been a professor, chaplain, and spiritual director, including working with All Inclusive Ministries at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto.
Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology
Pilgrimage is a fitting metaphor for our times. Movement, displacement and encounter appeal to the contemporary mind. Thus, It is not surprising that pilgrimages attract broad interest from travelers, dreamers, and readers. We will explore how pilgrimage is deeply embedded in the Ignatian spiritual tradition and how one can be a pilgrim, concretely or metaphorically, in an Ignatian way today.
André Brouillette is a Jesuit priest from Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec. After studies in philosophy, history and theology, he teaches systematic theology and spirituality at Boston College. A specialist in 16th century spirituality and author of a monograph on St. Teresa of Avila, his most recent book is on the theology of pilgrimage and was published in the United States under the title The Pilgrim Paradigm: Faith in Motion (Paulist Press, 2021).
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Director of the Centre de spiritualité Manrèse
To seek and find God in all things. The practice of photography encourages me to get more in touch with what breathes in me, with what makes the wonders of visible and invisible things arise in my consciousness. Ignatius of Loyola reminds us how wide the door of contemplation opens to those who seek to elevate themselves, with all their faculties, to perceive inwardly the meaning and beauty of the beings around them. In this way, through long moments, devoted to grasping and revealing the beauty that surrounds me, I am led to become aware of my own connection, my own belonging, to something greater than myself. I hope that this session will help you to find a way to look at the world with deeper love.
Jesuit Father Marc Rizzetto has been the director of Centre Manrèse in Quebec City since 2020. He was previously responsible for youth ministry in the diocese of Quebec, a spiritual counsellor for young people in Quebec colleges, a chaplain in a high school in France and on a military base in country. As a photographer, he has exhibited his work many times.
Assistant for Vocations
The art of discernment of God's will is one of the many fruits of St. Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual legacy. Through a learned appreciation for the subtle motions of the interior life, a person can arrive at a confident knowledge about the pathway God has prepared for him or her. In this talk, Fr. John will lay out the basic foundations and share some tools from the art of Ignatian discernment.
Fr. John O'Brien, S.J. grew up in British Columbia and studied at the University of Ottawa and the Gregorian University in Rome. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2008, and acquired an M.A., M.Div and Licentiate in Sacred theology at Regis College, Toronto. He gives retreat to young adults across the country and serves as the Vocations Director for the Jesuits of Canada.
Author, lecturer, retreat director
Delegate for Relations with Indigenous Peoples
In his session, Fr. Bisson will recount his rather uncomfortable but necessary personal experience in a hearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2012 as Provincial. He will also explain the way in which the Jesuits have progressed on the path to reconciliation.
Peter Bisson, SJ, is a Jesuit priest in the Canadian Jesuit province. Based in Ottawa, he currently serves as the assistant to the Jesuit provincial for justice, ecology and Indigenous relations. He animates and supports the justice work of the Jesuits in Canada, with a special emphasis on reconciliation and right relations with Indigenous people. Before this ministry he served in leadership as the Provincial of the Jesuits in English Canada.
Spiritual director, author
Like the prodigal son, modern human beings, both collectively and individually, have demanded early and squandered quickly our ecological inheritance. We’ve broken family ties with the Earth and now suffer spiritual and material hunger as a result of our “dissolute”, consumerist living. Yet a return to the loving embrace of Earth and her Creator is still possible. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises can shine a revealing light on the road back to our Common Home. Departing from the Exercises, this presentation will take the first steps towards a humble reconciliation with Creation.
Fr. Greg Kennedy is a member of the Society of Jesus. His Doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Ottawa planted in him an aspiration to be an organic farmer. Reupholstered Psalms is his first published book of poetry, followed by Amazing Friendships between Animals and Saints. He will have two further volumes of poetry published by Novalis Press later this year.