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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  • Photo of Brendan O'Kane

    Mr. Brendan O'Kane 

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

Current Program Offerings - Open to Parents & Guardians, Alumni, & Trustees

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  • Daily Mass & Examen

    Please visit our Liturgy & Prayer page for information on Mass, faith sharing, and our Daily Examen.
  • Meeting Christ in Prayer

    Meeting Christ in Prayer—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.

    Register Here


    Meeting Dates (2023)
    All meeting times are from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Feb. 6
    Feb. 13
    Feb. 27
    March 6
    March 13
    March 20
    March 27
    April 3


    “I have gained more tools to enrich my prayer life, and it has been a beautiful way to become closer in my relationship with Jesus. My heart and mind have been exercising.” – 2019 Participant

  • Ignatian Evenings

    Join us for evenings in the chapel that will include opportunities for learning about the mission and identity of our school. There will be opportunities for prayer and conversation. Each evening will feature a guest speaker or panel.

    An Ignatian Evening
    Oct. 24 | Theme: The Spiritual Exercises and The Examen

    On October 24th at 7:00 PM via Zoom, our Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity, Brendan O’Kane, will lead an Ignatian Evening focusing on the basics of the Spiritual Exercises and the Examen. This event is perfect for those looking to learn more about Ignatian Spirituality or for those considering praying the Exercises or incorporating the Examen into their daily prayer practice.

    Register Here


    Upcoming Ignatian Evenings

    Oct. 24 | Theme: The Spiritual Exercises and The Examen
    Nov. 28 | Theme: The Grad at Grad
  • Virtual Advent Gathering for Parents

    Gather online with current and alumni parents and guardians for an hour of prayer, reflection, and sharing.

    This is a new effort specifically offered to connect parents and guardians of Jesuit school students across the Jesuit network. Join us for an hour of prayer, individual reflection, and small group sharing.

    Listening with the Heart: Kinship, Family, and Belonging will be held via Zoom. Use the link below to register.

For Faculty & Staff

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  • The 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises

    We are invited to collaborate with the Jesuit community at Loyola University. Spiritual directors, including Fr. Bruce Steggert, are generous enough to lead a group through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. In the linked video, they reference it being prayed over 30 days, whereas the 19th annotation is practiced over the course of the year, focusing on a daily prayer practice.
     
    All who are interested in praying the Exercises during the 2021–22 school year should contact Brendan O'Kane.
  • Faculty & Staff Prayer Partners

    Prayer partners is designed to build our community of faith by linking faculty and staff members together so each person who is interested will have a partner, someone to journey with, in spiritual development. Prayer partners will be invited to check in on one another, attend optional events together, and will be provided with various challenges or guidance as needed. 
  • Meeting Christ in Prayer

    Meeting Christ in Prayer—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.

    Register Here


    Meeting Dates (2023)
    All meeting times are from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Feb. 6
    Feb. 13
    Feb. 27
    March 6
    March 13
    March 20
    March 27
    April 3


    “I have gained more tools to enrich my prayer life, and it has been a beautiful way to become closer in my relationship with Jesus. My heart and mind have been exercising.” – 2019 Participant

  • 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 & 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 created by our Director of Ignatian Mission & Identity. This will take place throughout the year, where 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 Brendan O'Kane.
  • Come Worship With Us

    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!
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