Jesuit Ministry

Adult Formation

Ignatian Formation

The Office of Ignatian Mission and Identity assists in articulating and perpetuating the vision and philosophy of Ignatian Education for principally the adult members of Loyola Blakefield’s community.

The co-laboring of the adult members of Loyola’s community – teachers, staff, trustees, parents, alumni – with the dedicated members of the Society of Jesus here at Blakefield is the key to perpetuating Loyola’s identity as a Jesuit school in the Ignatian tradition. Opportunities for growth in this area will help maintain the atmosphere conducive for ongoing faith-based educational development. The Office of Ignatian Mission and Identity provides opportunities and programs for Loyola adult community members to grow in their understanding of what forms the charism of a school such as Blakefield. This understanding centers on themes that include the life of St. Ignatius, the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian Spirituality, the History of the Society of Jesus, the History of Jesuit Education and Key Documents, the Characteristics of Jesuit Education and Ignatian Pedagogy, and the History and Traditions of Loyola Blakefield.

These themes capture most of what motivates Loyola Blakefield’s mission to be “...a Catholic, college preparatory school, established by the Jesuits and imbued with the spirit of Ignatius Loyola, forms men to serve with and for others. The Loyola student is preparing to graduate as a man of integrity, who, because he strives “to find God in all things,” is open to growth, intellectually ambitious, religious, loving, and committed to diversity and doing justice.”

Contact

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    Mr. Brendan O'Kane 

    Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity
    (410) 823-0601 Ext 236
    Bio

Strength to Love

The theme for our adult spiritual formation opportunities leading up to and including Lent is Strength to Love. Our theme is the title of the selection for our Ignatian Book Club - Strength to Love by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are many opportunities to develop and cultivate this strength and as Ignatius states, engage in spiritual exercise. The opportunities below are available to all adult members of the Loyola Blakefield community. If you have any questions, please e-mail me bokane@loyolablakefield.org – Brendan O’Kane

Current Program Offerings

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  • Lenten Prayer Service

    On March 2nd at 7:00pm all are welcome to gather in the chapel for a Lenten themed prayer service. Please e-mail bokane@loyolablakefield.org if you plan on attending. There will also be an opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration for those interested. Gather as we strive to develop and cultivate the strength to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.
  • The Ignatian Workout for Lent

    The Ignatian Workout for Lent: 40 Days of Prayer, Reflection and Action
    • The first 40 to register will receive a free copy of The Ignatian Workout for Lent by Tim Muldoon – they can be picked up from the Ignatian Mission and Identity office before Feb. 26th  or you can arrange via e-mail bokane@loyolablakefield.org

    • You will commit to setting aside time each day for prayer

    • You will commit to attending 7:20am mass at Loyola Blakefield once per week or at your place of worship

    • There will be two optional gatherings for those participating in the program: March 2nd there will be a Lenten prayer service at 7:00pm and April 6th at 7:20am there will be a coffee and conversation outside the chapel

    • There is also an optional opportunity for one-on-one spiritual conversation with Brendan O’Kane by appointment bokane@loyolablakefield.org
    Please register here or e-mail bokane@loyolablakefield.org.
  • Daily Mass

    Mass is held daily at 7:20 a.m. in Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel. We are usually finished by 7:45. It is a great way to start your day rooted in faith.
  • Meeting Christ in Prayer

    Our next cohort begins Feb. 3rd – Please Register Here: Meeting Christ in Prayer Sign Up

    Meeting Christ in Praye r— a unique eight-week, guided-prayer experience for small groups — is modeled after the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This prayer program teaches and reinforces specific prayer practices such as Lectio Divina, imaginative prayer, meditation, the Examen, and more. No prior experience with prayer groups is needed, just a desire to renew one’s faith, enrich one’s prayer life, or become more aware of God’s presence in everyday life.
  • Ignatian Book Club

    Book #3
    Strength to Love by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    7:00pm in the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat
    February 12th, 20th, and March 2nd

    The theme for our adult spiritual formation opportunities leading up to and including Lent is Strength to Love. Our theme is the title of the selection for our Ignatian Book Club - Strength to Love by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are many opportunities to develop and cultivate this strength and as Ignatius states, engage in spiritual exercise. The opportunities below are available to all adult members of the Loyola Blakefield community. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bokane@loyolablakefield.org

  • The Spiritual Exercises

    Those interested in engaging in The Spiritual Exercises should reach out to Brendan O'Kane for more information.

For Faculty & Staff

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  • Lenten Prayer Service

    On March 2nd at 7:00pm all are welcome to gather in the chapel for a Lenten themed prayer service. Please e-mail bokane@loyolablakefield.org if you plan on attending. There will also be an opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration for those interested. Gather as we strive to develop and cultivate the strength to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.
  • The Ignatian Workout for Lent

    The Ignatian Workout for Lent: 40 Days of Prayer, Reflection and Action
    • The first 40 to register will receive a free copy of The Ignatian Workout for Lent by Tim Muldoon – they can be picked up from the Ignatian Mission and Identity office before Feb. 26th  or you can arrange via e-mail bokane@loyolablakefield.org

    • You will commit to setting aside time each day for prayer

    • You will commit to attending 7:20am mass at Loyola Blakefield once per week or at your place of worship

    • There will be two optional gatherings for those participating in the program: March 2nd there will be a Lenten prayer service at 7:00pm and April 6th at 7:20am there will be a coffee and conversation outside the chapel

    • There is also an optional opportunity for one-on-one spiritual conversation with Brendan O’Kane by appointment bokane@loyolablakefield.org

    Please register here or e-mail bokane@loyolablakefield.org.
  • Come Worship With Me

    It's an invitation. If we extend this invite, "Join me, let's pray together" it can change everything! If you would be willing to invite one or a few members of the Loyola community to your worship service, or would be interested in attending someone else's place of worship, please sign up so we can coordinate. The goal is to build community through establishing an even better understanding of one another. All faiths are welcome - thank you in advance!
  • Meeting Christ in Prayer

    Our next cohort begins Feb. 3rd – Please Register Here: Meeting Christ in Prayer Sign Up

    Meeting Christ in Praye r— a unique eight-week, guided-prayer experience for small groups — is modeled after the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This prayer program teaches and reinforces specific prayer practices such as Lectio Divina, imaginative prayer, meditation, the Examen, and more. No prior experience with prayer groups is needed, just a desire to renew one’s faith, enrich one’s prayer life, or become more aware of God’s presence in everyday life.
  • Sacred Scripture

    Starting September 11th, every Wednesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Office of Ignatian Mission and Identity we will gather to read the Bible and other sacred scripture, discuss topical passages, learn from one another, and grow in our understanding. Throughout the year various sacred texts will also be introduced, suggestions from the group are encouraged! If you cannot not make every week, that is fine. There will be some weeks when we will not meet and those dates will be communicated to the group over e-mail.
     
  • Koinonia

    Inspired by programming from Loyola University and our Kairos retreat program, Koinonia, of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, or society. Koinonia groups will consist of 4-6 faculty/staff members who will meet twice per month to engage in prayer, discussions and general fellowship. The Office of Ignatian Mission and Identity will provide leadership, topics and resources (including food and drinks from time to time!) Groups can also be led by faculty/staff members who are interested in taking a leadership role. Meeting times will be decided by groups that sign up. Groups can be suggested or I can create them. This will take place throughout the year, occasionally groups might decide to take a month off and then pick back up. Special events for groups to come together will be planned throughout the year so we can build even more community! To learn more about this opportunity please contact me.
     
  • Ignatian Book Club

    Book #3
    Strength to Love by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    7:00pm in the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat
    February 12th, 20th, and March 2nd

    The theme for our adult spiritual formation opportunities leading up to and including Lent is Strength to Love. Our theme is the title of the selection for our Ignatian Book Club - Strength to Love by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are many opportunities to develop and cultivate this strength and as Ignatius states, engage in spiritual exercise. The opportunities below are available to all adult members of the Loyola Blakefield community. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bokane@loyolablakefield.org

  • Advent Daily Invitations

    • Opt-in to our text service to receive a message at the beginning and end of each day. These will include Bible passages, invitations to reflection and challenges.
    • To be added to our texting list, text "ADVENT" to 40650
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