Advent Weekend Retreat: Waiting in Joy
December 9 @ 6:00 pm - December 11 @ 12:00 pm$350
Directed by Fr. Jim Fleming, SJ
Prepare heart, mind, and soul for the holy season of Advent on a weekend retreat at Ignatius House. Your Advent retreat will draw from a nearly 500-year-old tradition called “Ignatian spirituality,” developed from the life and prayer of Spanish soldier-turned-saint Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatian spirituality invites us into a life-giving relationship with God and neighbor through prayer and contemplation.
You’ll be presented with suggestions to help you silently, prayerfully discern big or small stirrings in your life – whether a busy parent, a young adult, a caregiver, a widow, a community or workplace leader, or as someone who simply wants to grow closer to your creator.
The retreat includes at least three guided presentations, topics to contemplate and pray upon, and plenty of unscripted time for rest. Come rediscover not just your best self but your truest self – as God created you to be.
This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.
Rev. James J. Fleming, SJ is from the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus and has been a Jesuit priest for 25 years. He joins Ignatius House on Aug. 1, 2022 as Spiritual Director and Director of Mission Outreach. Previously, he was the executive director of Campion Conference & Renewal Center in Weston, Ma., and president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU). Before joining the leadership team at WJU, Fleming taught at Boston College (BC) and worked as director of mission assessment & planning in the Office of Mission and Ministry at BC, where he led a national research project related to the spiritual development of college students. While at BC, he served as spiritual director for student retreat programs and offered retreats and spiritual direction for faculty and administrators. He trained as a spiritual director at St. Bueno’s in Wales, UK and at the Jesuit School of Theology at the Santa Clara University where he earned a Master’s of Divinity with a focus in scripture and spirituality. He holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, organization, measurement, and evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as lecturer and the Director of the University Academy at the University of San Francisco, and as an instructor of Urban Education at SCU. Fleming is a member of the National Board of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Penn.
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