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

Current Program Offerings

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  • 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.
  • Ignatian Voices of Lent

    Each week be on the lookout for an e-mail in which a member of our community will provide a reflection each week of Lent. If you would be interested in writing one in the future, please e-mail bokane@loyolablakefield.org
  • Lenten Prayer Group

    On the following dates: March 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st & 8th after 7:20am mass in our chapel, we will meet from 7:45am-8:30am and pray as a group using a common text (will be provided) for Lent. You are welcome to attend mass as well, which is daily at 7:20am in our chapel or you can show up after, at 7:45am for the reflection.
     
  • Daily Invitations

    Twice per day during Lent an invitation to pause and reflect will be sent via text message.
    To be added to our texting list, text "LENT" to 40650
    Important: Terms of Service & Privacy Policy
    Msg & Data rates may apply
    To cancel, send STOP to 40650 at any time. For help, send HELP to 40650 at any time.
  • Walking with Ignatius & Meeting Christ in Prayer

    Walking with Ignatius & Meeting Christ in Prayer is an eight-week guided prayer experience modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. By means of prayer, reflection, and faith sharing, our time together will introduce various ways of praying in the Ignatian tradition, help form regular habits of prayer, and build community among one another. During these exercises, participants are asked to commit to fifteen to thirty minutes of reading and reflection per day and weekly faith sharing meetings. Please fill out the form to express your interest.

    The next group of Meeting Christ in Prayer begins on February 11th. Only ten spots are available, so please sign up here.
  • Ignatian Book Club

    Our second book for the Ignatian Book Club will be Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The discussions will be led by Brendan O'Kane. Random House describes Just Mercy as: A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.. Sign up here.
  • The Spiritual Exercises

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

Faculty & Staff

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  • Lenten Prayer Groups

    We will gather together in the Ignatian Mission and Identity office for prayer and reflection a few times during Lent. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea will be provided. Join us!
     
  • Daily Invitations

    Twice per day during Lent an invitation to pause and reflect will be sent via text message.
    To be added to our texting list, text "LENT" to 40650
    Important: Terms of Service & Privacy Policy
    Msg & Data rates may apply
    To cancel, send STOP to 40650 at any time. For help, send HELP to 40650 at any time.
  • Ignatian Voices of Lent

    Each week be on the lookout for an e-mail in which a member of our community will provide a reflection each week of Lent. If you would be interested in writing one in the future, please 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!

    A group will be attending St. Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore on February 10th. Sign up here.
  • Meeting Christ in Prayer

    Meeting Christ in Prayer is an eight-week guided prayer experience modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. By means of prayer, reflection, and faith sharing, our time together will introduce various ways of praying in the Ignatian tradition, help form regular habits of prayer, and build community among one another. During these exercises, participants are asked to commit to fifteen to thirty minutes of reading and reflection per day and in addition to our faith sharing meetings.

    We will meet in our chapel here at Loyola Blakefield from 7:00-8:00pm on the following dates:
    • February 11th, 19th 25th
    • March 4th, 11th, 25th
    • April 1st, 8th
    Even if you do not think you can make all of the meetings, please feel free to sign-up. We can catch up individually if you miss a week.
  • Sacred Scripture

    Starting September 12th, 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

    Our second book for the Ignatian Book Club will be Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The discussions will be led by Anthony Day. Random House describes Just Mercy as: A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. 
     
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