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.”

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.
  • 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 weekly faith sharing meetings. Please fill out the form to express your interest. Sign Up Here!
  • Ignatian Book Club

    Book #1
    Building a Bridge by Fr. James Martin, SJ
    6:30pm – 8:00pm in Chapel
    October 24th

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage turns his attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the Church in this loving, inclusive, and revolutionary book. Sign Up Here!

  • Ignatian Evening #1

    Theme: ANSWERING THE CALL

    An evening including reflection, prayer, music and optional time for Eucharistic adoration. All family members and friends are invited. November 5th, 7:00 – 8:30pm in the Chapel Sign Up Here!  
  • The Spiritual Exercises

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

    There are various forms of the Exercises. If you’d like to learn more about the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian spirituality – and how you might experience it, please attend an information session at Loyola University:

    Wednesday, September 4
    7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Alumni Memorial Chapel
    Loyola University, Maryland

For Faculty & Staff

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  • 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. Ignatius Catholic Church September 22nd at 9:00am 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 weekly faith sharing meetings. Please fill out the form to express your interest.
  • 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 #1
    Building a Bridge by Fr. James Martin, SJ
    6:30pm – 8:00pm in Chapel
    October 24th

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage turns his attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the Church in this loving, inclusive, and revolutionary book. Sign Up Here!
  • Ignatian Evening #1

    Theme: ANSWERING THE CALL

    An evening including reflection, prayer, music and optional time for Eucharistic adoration. All family members and friends are invited. November 5th, 7:00 – 8:30pm in the Chapel Sign Up Here!

Contact

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    Mr. Brendan O'Kane 

    Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity
    (410) 823-0601 Ext 236
    Bio
500 Chestnut Ave. Towson, MD 21204
Ph: 410-823-0601