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.
  • 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. Sign up here.
  • Ignatian Book Club

    We will be reading The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything by Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. This book provides an excellent foundation for Ignatian Spirituality. It is relatable and comprehensive. I constantly refer back to chapters of this book! Fr. Martin S.J. was nice enough to speak with me about the book and help come up with some major areas of focus. We will meet once per month to discuss the book. Meeting dates will be determined based on polling the interested parties. Sign up here.
  • Sacred Silence

    Throughout the year the chapel will be open once per month in the evening to provide a respite from our fast-paced world. A short reflection will be offered then the chapel will remain open for a period of silence. The Blessed Sacrament will be available for adoration during this time. Sign up here.
  • The Spiritual Exercises

    On September 5th at 7:00pm Loyola University’s Office of Mission Integration is holding an information session if you would like to be led through The Spiritual Exercises with Jesuits from their community. More details available here.

Faculty & Staff

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  • 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

    This semester we will be reading "Barking to the Choir" by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ
    It is described as: "A moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, the bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart, Father Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gangs in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of radical kinship." We will meet a couple times a month to have some tea/coffee, discuss the book and grow closer to one another through a shared experience. The book isn't out yet, but I will be placing an order based on who signs up. We will also figure out meeting times and days with those who sign-up! Also - thanks to cool technology, you can also ZOOM into our meetings (video conference) in efforts to make it more accessible.
     

Local Guest Speakers & Events

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  • Matt Fradd at the Basilica

    Matt Fradd will be coming to the Baltimore Basilica on September 12th and 13th. A Catholic apologist and chastity speaker, he works with the Internet-accountability company Covenant Eyes, to help protect families from online pornography and assist individuals in overcoming porn addiction. More information may be found on the event flier here.
  • Taylor Branch at St. Mary's 50th Year Celebration

    Join St Mary's Ecumenical Institute on Wednesday, September 12 in celebration of their 50th year. Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the Parting the Waters: America in the King Years will remind us of the situation in 1968 when Cardinal Shehan and Episcopal Bishop Harry Lee Doll announced a new experiment in ecumenical theological education in founding St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute. 

    More information may be found here.
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