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.”

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  • Mr. Benjamin Horgan 

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

Current Program Offerings

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  • Meeting Christ in Prayer - 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

    Meeting Christ in Prayer is an engaging eight-week guided prayer experience designed for small groups. It is modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which is a tried and-true method of spiritual renewal. By means of prayer, reflection, and faith sharing, Meeting Christ in Prayer introduces participants to various ways of praying, helps them form regular habits of prayer, and provides them with an opportunity to meet Christ anew and to experience support in the Christian life in a new way. It can also inspire a profound sense of mission that urges participants to a new level of discipleship.

    Meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at 7:45 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. from October 28th – December 14th
  • Developing Your Ignatian Toolbox

    The Ignatian Toolbox program is a six-week program entitled Developing your Ignatian Tool Box. Over the course of six weeks, participants will be introduced to the basic tenets of Ignatian Spirituality and guide them in the practical application of these tools in their professional and family life. Topics include: The life of Ignatius, Discernment, Ignatian Indifference, the Magis, the Jesuits and Social Justice, and the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm for the Real World. This program will invite participants to briefly reflect on daily assigned readings and participate in discussion of the weekly theme and faith sharing.

    Meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from Tuesday, November 1st – December 13th
  • From Ignatius Loyola (1491) to Loyola Blakefield (2015)

    Loyola Blakefield’s chaplain, Fr. Joe Michini, SJ ’59 will be hosting an eight-week program focusing on the development of Ignatian Spirituality, the life of St. Ignatius, and the history of the Society of Jesus from its inception to present day. Participants will join Fr. Joe in examining the autobiography of St. Ignatius along with John O’Malley, S.J.’s recent book The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present in this eight-week program.

    Meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM from Tuesday, February 21st – April 11th
  • Ignatian Book Club

    The Ignatian Books Club is our newest formation offering. Participants will on a bi-weekly basis to read and discuss Ignatian themed books by Jesuit or Lay authors while building fellowship with one another. The books will cover fiction, non- fiction, and spirituality genres by authors Fr. James Martin, Fr. Greg Boyle, Anne Lamont, and more.

    Meets every other week on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM February 3rd – April 27th
  • Athletics Formation Program

    The athletic program is an integral part of the Loyola Blakefield experience, as it is at any Jesuit high school. Jesuits have long used the Latin dictum, “mens sana in corpore sana” (a healthy mind in a healthy body) to demonstrate the important connection between the mind and the body, the classroom and the playing field. Athletics is also a “curriculum” unto itself, a place where our young men learn leadership and hard work, camaraderie and teamwork, and the lessons that come from either winning or losing. Loyola Blakefield has developed a program for Ignatian formation for coaches and parents of student-athletes. Our goal is to have an athletic program that is highly competitive, but also one that is placed within the perspective of a Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory school. Parents of student athletes are required to attend one of four annual meetings of the Athletics Formation Program, prior to their son’s participation in interscholastic competition.

    Athletic Formation meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the following evenings: TBA
500 Chestnut Ave. Towson, MD 21204
Ph: 410-823-0601