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3-Night Retreat: The Gift of Christmas: A Gift for the New Year

December 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm


Christmas, unlike any other holy day, there is a kind of a hush that comes… A clear and quiet solemnity… A moment of invitation and reflection that causes most people to pause and consider, if only briefly, what they believe about the coming and presence of God in their life and in our world. The Gift of The Son. This Gift reaches far beyond any particular custom or tradition, and it is profounder than the thoughts of any theologian. What, indeed, so inspires the human heart, our hearts, here and now at Christmas time? This Gift reveals that God not only created space and time: God entered them, became our flesh and blood, our kin, our child. Through this retreat, prepare to enter the New Year by reflecting on and praying with the great truth that is the Gift of Jesus’ incarnation.


This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.


Rev. Joseph E. Lingan, SJ was raised in Alexandria, Va., attended Gonzaga College High School and Virginia Tech, earning a degree in Public Administration. Following his graduation, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1979. He pronounced his first vows in 1981, and continued his studies at Creighton University, St. Louis University, Weston School of Theology and Boston College. Ordained to the priesthood in 1990, he has served in the ministries of Secondary Education, Higher Education, Spiritual Formation and Vocational Development. His ministry has included serving as Rector/President of St. Michael’s Institute (Spokane, WA), Executive Assistant to the Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus (Baltimore, MD), Rector at Loyola Blakefield (Baltimore, MD), Novice Master for the Maryland, New England, and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus (Syracuse, NY), and President of Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC). In June of 2018, he completed a seven-year term as Rector of the Jesuit Community at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). In addition to these positions, Fr. Lingan has served as a member of several Boards of Directors.




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December 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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Ignatius House
6700 Riverside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30328 United States
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