Friday, May 30, 2008
Conferencia Ignaciana at Mount Manresa
Eighty-one enthusiastic participants gathered for the Conferencia Ignaciana, to share, discuss and envision ways in which Ignatian spirituality is and can be exercised in the Hispanic community. The organizers, Fr. Jack Fagan, SJ, Mr. Rudy Vargas of the Northeast Pastoral Institute and board member of The Jesuit Collaborative, Sr. Veronica Mendez of Renew International and Fr. Bill Rickle of the Institute had hoped for fifty participants!
Prayer rituals, workshops (talleres), plenary sessions and focus groups combined with a beautiful setting, gracious retreat house staff and convivencia in the evenings to provide an enriching weekend for all of us. Although the primary target group was people working in Ignatian spirituality and the Hispanic community on the East Coast, participants came from other areas such as Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI and California.
This first ever event was such a blessing and boost for our spirits! We look forward to the future with confidence that the relationships established and the experiences shared will continue to grow. You can see a powerpoint set of pictures of the event posted on the IMCM web site by CLICKING HERE