Ignatian Spirituality for Everyday Living is offering 2 courses fall 2022 - Spirituality of the 12 Steps and an Ignatian Retreat for Busy People. Both are described below.

Spirituality of the 12 Steps

This course is a spiritual journey through the 12 Steps to help you grow in your relationship and intimacy with God through Christ Jesus. It will introduce you to the spirituality of the 12 Steps through the integration of Sacred Scripture and aspects of Ignatian Spirituality to enrich your journey along the Spiritual 12 Steps.

When: Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 7:00pm, beginning September, 8, 2022 and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.

Where: Cardinal Newman Hall, Room 103, St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno CA 93710

To Register: Use the Spirituality of the 12 Steps Registration form below or email John Prandini, Director of Ministries at prandinij@csufnewman.com

Ignatian Retreat for Busy People

Join us in this spiritually invigorating 34-week Ignatian Spirituality Retreat specifically designed for busy people. Experience your relationship with God coming alive in the midst of everyday life and discover a freedom and peace too often out of reach in the modern world. This can be a self-directed online retreat or you can choose to meet with others to enrich your experience in a supportive group setting to share your insights gained each week.

The Retreat begins with an in-person orientation on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 5:30 - 6:30pm in the Newman Center Community Room.

Each Sunday thereafter, you will be provided with an online link to the week's retreat materials. This information will include a Guide for the Journey, Brief Readings and Prayers, and Practical Help (it takes only 10 - 20 minutes to read or listen to the weekly materials).  

The intent is for you to read or listen to the weekly material which creates in you a backdrop of themes, reflections, questions, and desires as a background focus in the midst of your daily life. The Guide will help you with suggestions for prayer throughout the week, for identifying what it is you desire from God, and some ways to let yourself be open to receiving those graces. The most important thing to remember is that God doesn't need much of an opening to bless you richly.

You will learn to find greater focus and to let one week build upon another. It really works. Any busy person can do this retreat in the background of a very full life.  And, BEST OF ALL, you'll be doing this in the midst of your busy everyday life - in fact, this retreat will help your daily life have more meaning. 

The materials will be available online or will be provided in hard copies if you prefer. You will have the opportunity to meet weekly as a group on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30pm to share your reflections on the week's materials and how God is present and acting in the ordinary moments of your life. These weekly gatherings will enrich your spiritual journey as we travel together in faith to transform our lives to conform more fully with that of Christ Jesus.

The retreat will incorporate St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises and correspond with the Church's Liturgical Year's scripture readings and themes. This retreat format was created by the Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton University and is part of the Online Ministries website: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/onlie.html.

Retreat Fee: A $20 materials fee is requested for retreat materials.

To Register or for information: email John Prandini at prandinij@csufnewman.com.

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him, and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”   St. Ignatius of Loyola 

The Registration form below is for the Spirituality of the 12 Steps only.

Spirituality of the 12 Steps Registration

What are the Spiritual 12 Steps on this journey?

1.    Admitting your spiritual poverty & powerlessness 

2.    Believing that the power of God can heal you and restore you to wholeness. 

3.    Deciding to turn your will and life over to the care of God. 

4.    Making a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself. 

5.    Admitting to God, yourself, and another human being the exact nature of your wrongs. 

6.    Being entirely ready to have God remove all of your defects of character. 

7.    Humbly asking God to remove your shortcomings. 

8.    Making a list of all the persons you have harmed and become willing to make amends to them. 

9.    Making direct amends whenever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others. 

10. Continuing to take personal inventory and when wrong promptly admit it. 

11. Seeking through prayer and meditation to improve your conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for you, and the power to carry that out. 

12. Practicing these spiritual principles in all of your affairs, carrying the message to other by your life, and being of service to others. 

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