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Ignatius 500 - Meeting Christ in Prayer

Eight-week guided prayer experience designed for small groups

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As JRH celebrates #ignatius500 this fall, Sr. Susan Kusz, SND and Br. Lee S. Colombino, SJ will be offering an eight-week guided prayer experience designed for small groups. This experience is called Meeting Christ in Prayer and it is modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 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 Christian life in a new way. It can also inspire a profound sense of mission that urges participants to a new level of discipleship. No prior experience in praying with others 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.

Meeting Christ in Prayer is an engaging guided prayer experience that combines eight bi-weekly* small-group meetings. Meetings will be 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will include group prayer, guided meditation, faith sharing and reflection, an orientation to Scripture readings, simple prayer technique exercises, and an overview of the individual prayer exercises to be practiced in the week ahead. Each week will be based in a theme:

  • Week One: The God of My Experience.
  • Week Two: The Plan of God in my Life.
  • Week Three: The Early Life of Jesus
  • Week Four: Jesus’ Public Ministry
  • Week Five: The Passion and Death of Christ
  • Week Six: The Risen Christ is the Firstborn of Many Brothers and Sisters
  • Week Seven: Doing the Work of Christ
  • Week Eight: Celebrating Our Journey in Christ Together

*NB: see dates below — the first two weeks will be weekly, the following six weeks will be bi-weekly

The individual daily prayer exercises have three segments: 1. a brief prayer in the morning, 2. a brief review of the day in the evening, and 3. a period of extended personal prayer at some time during the day. It is recommended that the extended period of prayer last between twenty and thirty minutes daily. Participants will receive a Participant Guide which will provide all needed materials for the daily prayer exercises.

Since Meeting Christ in Prayer is designed for small groups, it is important for all participants to commit to attending all eight weeks and to come with a desire to not only share of their own experiences, but also to learn from others. Out of this interaction, a wonderful energy can develop. The experience truly is much richer when we hear from one another in our faith journeys and grow with one another in our faith life over the course of the prayer experience.

Meeting location:
Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago
4800 Fahrnwald Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54902

Meeting dates:
Thursdays, September 16 and 23; October 7 and 21; November 4 and 18; December 2 and 16

Meeting times:
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

$125 per person / $200 per couple; $50 non-refundable deposit for single and $100 non-refundable deposit for couple

Number of retreatants:
20 maximum, we will keep a waiting list

Registration deadline:
August 15, 2021

Sr. Susan and Br. Lee are excited to be part of this new offering at JRH and we hope you are as well! If you have any questions about Meeting Christ in Prayer, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling us at JRH (920-231-9060) or emailing us at skusz@jesuitretreathouse.org and lcolombino@jesuitretreathouse.org