The members of the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Committee of Old St. Joseph’s strive to share and to foster the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola for all members of the parish as well as the wider community.
Vision and Goals
The goal is to help the parish collaborate, as Jesuits and laity, in responding to our common call to be companions of Jesus.
We promote the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and offer prayer and formation programs designed to help participants come to experience themselves as disciples called to know Jesus intimately, to grow in their relationship with him, and to follow him more closely in their daily lives. Insofar as possible, the members of the committee both practice and promote Ignatian “ways of proceeding” – being attentive and responsive to God’s activity in our lives through the practice of individual and communal discernment.
Ignatian Spirituality is based on the life and teaching of St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Much of the spirituality is based on his work, The Spiritual Exercises, a manual for a four-week retreat inviting a person into imaginative meditations on the life of Christ. A variation of this, the 19th annotation, is version designed for those who wish to experience The Exercises in everyday life. In this format, a person meets weekly or monthly with a trained spiritual director. Four members of the Ignatian Spiritual Committee are trained spiritual directors: Fr. Ruff, Donna Soultoukis, Christine Szczepanowski, and V. Travaline.
Hallmarks of Ignatian Spirituality include “finding God in all things” and being a “contemplative in action.”
The Ignatian Spirituality Committee attempts to offer programs to help parishioners enter into a dialogue with Jesus and to be closer to him. Some of these programs include Lenten and Advent at-home retreats, prayer sharing sessions where participants can share the fruits of their prayer, presentations on the life of St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises. On occasion, the committee sponsors a parish retreat at various locations.
Donna Z. Soultoukis, Chair