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2019 Program Summary
The following is a summary of the retreats and events already planned for 2019. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9854 8110.
To download details of the Being with God in Nature 2019 Program, click here.
The Full Spiritual Exercises
Sunday 16 June – Sunday 21 July
The Full Spiritual Exercises can be made over 30-40 days as an individually-directed live-in retreat. In an atmosphere of prayerful silence and surrender, one is drawn into a deeper relationship with God through daily prayer, reflection, liturgy and spiritual direction. Contact us for an Application Form.
To deepen your relationship with God, we offer you silence, a peaceful ambience, a spiritual director and ample time for prayer and reflection. There is no input or group work, just silence and Spiritual Direction for you to hear God’s word.
6-Day Silent Directed Retreat – Wed 16 January, 5:30pm to Wed 23 January, 9am
3 to 8-Day Silent Directed Retreat – between Mon 25 March, 5:30pm & Wed 3 April, 9am
3 to 8-Day Silent Directed Retreat – between Mon 26 August, 5:30pm & Wed 4 September, 9am
6-Day Silent Directed Retreat – Fri 8 November, 5:30pm & Fri 15 November, 9am
8-Day Silent Directed Retreat – Mon 2 December, 5:30pm & Wed 11 December, 9am
Fanning into a Flame the Gift of Your Life – Colleen Leonard SGS & Marg Moore RSM
Sunday 27 October, 5:30pm – Sunday 3 November, 9am
This six-day silent directed retreat will provide opportunity to deepen your relationship with God, through silence, a spiritual director and time for prayer. There will be a short reflective session to begin each day giving opportunity to ‘fan into a flame’ your life experiences through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.
Sunday 15 September 10am – 3pm
What is spiritual direction? What happens on a retreat? Am I ready to make a silent directed retreat? What are the Spiritual Exercises?
You are invited to a day of prayer, reflection and conversation as we explore Ignatian spirituality and what the Centre offers. Come as our guest (no charge). Bookings essential.
Footsteps of Ignatius – led by Michael Ryan SJ & Colleen Leonard SGS
Monday 28 September 2020 to Wednesday 14 October 2020
Join Jesuit Fr Michael Ryan and Good Samaritan Sr Colleen Leonard on a Pilgrimage through Paris, Loyola, Montserrat, Barcelona, Venice, Verona, Padua, Assisi and Rome, following the footsteps of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus in 1534.
Highlights include: a picturesque train trip across France, exploring Ignatius’ home town of Loyola, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, a spiritual retreat in Manressa, Church of Gesu & Ignatius’ rooms, Vatican City (The Scavi & Papal Audience) and guided city tours.
Bookings require a $500 deposit to be paid by 31 October 2019.
For more information, or to reserve your place, go to myselah.com.au/ignatius2020, or contact the team at Selah on 1300 230 271 or contact Colleen Leonard at email@example.com.
Other Retreats & Events
Ignatian Spiritual Exercises Revisited – facilitated by Joan Jennings & Anne Pate
Saturday 24 August, 10am – 4pm
We at Campion Spirituality Centre are reminded many times over how significant it has been for participants who have completed the Spiritual Exercises to have experienced a deeper ongoing faith journey. For many there is a desire to reconnect with these experiences and to discover more.
We invite anyone who has participated in the Spiritual Exercises, either at Campion or beyond to meet with other like-minded people for prayer, reflection and conversation. The following are comments by Joan who attended the day in April 2019:
“The ‘Spiritual Exercises Revisited’ proved to be an integrating time – a re-membering. Time was given to reflect in quiet, personal spaces and also within the group setting, spaces that allowed past ‘ah ha’ moments and learnings to surface. Others’ experience touched my own at several points – mostly around the power of the Exercises to deepen faith, to know and reaffirm God’s continuing presence in my life…in a purposeful way”.
The second event is planned for 24th August 2019 arrive at 10am – 4 pm (morning tea and lunch provided – suggested donation $50). Registration by 19th August 2019.
Care for Our Common Home – Clean Up Yarra Bend Park
Saturday 31 August- 9am to 12pm
Earth “cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si (2015)
Pope Francis invites us into an ecological conversion whereby our hearts encounter that deep connection with the Presence that is God in Nature.
This day at the beginning of the Season of Creation offers “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation”. Pope Francis
Participants are invited to spend a morning helping to clean up rubbish in the Yarra Bend Park around the Yarra River. Please wear some old clothes, bring some gloves and bring a bottle of water.
Walking with Inigo: The Ignatian Camino – led by Josep Lluis Iriberri SJ
Dates for 2019:
- 13 May (meeting at 7pm at Hotel Arrupe in Loyola) to 29 May (flight back home in the morning after breakfast)
- 12 September (meeting at 7pm at Hotel Arrupe in Loyola) to 11 Oct (flight back home in the morning after breakfast)
For bookings or more information, please email Josep Lluis Iriberri SJ at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home – Four-week Reflective Seminar with Dr Peter Saunders
Tuesday 3, 17 & 24 September and 1 October, 7pm to 8:30pm at the Janssen Centre, 22 Woodvale Road, Boronia
“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love and boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God”. Pope Francis – Laudato Si.
Pope Francis has established the Season of Creation from 1 September to 4 October. It is a month whereby we are invited to reconsider our relationship with God’s Creation in particular with Earth. In these four sessions we look at Pope Francis’ encyclical – Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. Through this encyclical Pope Francis invites us into an ecological conversion of our heart that inspires us to live differently with Earth and all of Creation.
This small group seminar will prayerfully reflect on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment – Laudato Si – and how it can apply to our lives and parishes.
Cost $40 (including Care for Our Common Home workbook).
To view copy of the flyer, click here.
Heroic Living – an afternoon with Chris Lowney
Saturday 7 September, 1.30pm to 4pm
Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit, became a managing director of JP Morgan, eventually holding senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, and in London.
Lowney’s formation as a Jesuit provided significant grounding and insight, which shaped his leadership in this investment banking arena. Lowney now brings these insights, inspiring us all to live heroically.
As we gather to listen to Chris’ insights, he will inspire us; sharing strategies for a “…life that’s better than the life you’ve imagined” by creating a new strategy for a new time, discovering your mighty purpose, choosing wisely and making every day matter.
Bookings essential – Cost $50 (incl. afternoon tea)
To view a copy of the flyer, click here.
Scripture Reflection Day – a prayer day by the Christian Life Community
Sunday 6 October, 10am to 3pm
Come and join us in praying with Scripture using Lectio Divina and Ignatian Imaginative Contemplation. St Thomas Aquinas wrote that in the experience of faith there are two words: the outside word that is given to us in the Scriptures and the inner word that the Holy Spirit puts in our hearts. When these two words come together, we reach a very deep communion with the Lord.
The purpose of contemplating the gospels is to come to know the living Lord Jesus. Jesus comes to us from the outside, as the Word of God. With our imagination, we can see him, hear him, touch him. The Spirit comes to us from the inside, revealing Christ to us.
Please register by 1 October – cost is $25 (includes lunch)
You are also invited to come to a mass offered by Patrick O’Sullivan SJ at 9am in the Campion Chapel.
Thirsting for a Spiritual Conversation – led by Annmaree Sutton
Saturday 5 October &/or Saturday 26 October, 2pm to 3.30pm
Experience a free guided meditation of The First Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.
Followed by reflection, sacred listening and spiritual conversation in a sacred space.
Find God in All Things
To view a copy of the flyer, click here.
All our welcome on the day – please register if you can.
What is God Asking of Me? – led by Terry Fanning
Friday 9 August, 7pm – Sunday 11 August, 3pm
“God speaks to us in the depths of our being, not off the top of our heads. The depths of ourselves are not in our reasoning and ideas, still less in someone else’s reasoning and ideas. If we are to find God, we must learn to listen to these depths, to the emotions and feelings which we experience in prayer and out of it.” I Search of a Way. Gerry Hughes SJ.
In this Retreat we will explore ways to get in touch with our “depths of our being.”
The Prodigal Son – led by Anne Priestly RSM and Annmaree Sutton
Friday 20 September, 7pm – Sunday 22 September, 3pm
We use this beautifully human parable of mercy, which is at the centre of the spirit of Corpus Christi Greenvale, home for homeless men. In it we too can find ourselves as God’s prodigal children and we can come to understand more deeply our emotions, reactions and actions as we grow in our desire of an intimate relationship with God. In our time together, we are invited to open ourselves to receive the deeply merciful love of our God, who is always waiting for us. This is a silent retreat.
Women’s Spirituality Weekend – led by Terry Fanning & Jacinta Bright
Friday 18 October, 7pm – Sunday 20 October, 3pm
Have you reached a plateau in your life? Where do you go from here? This weekend for women will honour and celebrate your life so far and will help you to find meaning in the next part of your journey. We will draw from the stories of women in scripture as we reflect on our own lives and discern where God might be leading us.
A Weekend in Nature in the Yarra Valley
Friday 8 November, 7:30pm – Sunday 10 November, 3pm
This weekend will offer a time of quiet and stillness in Nature in the Yarra Valley. The retreatant is invited to listen to how God speaks to their heart through Nature. During the weekend, retreatants will have the opportunity to relax and contemplate the beauty of Nature and God’s presence in the cosmos calling them to new life.
“Earth is calling us back to itself, and not only to us but to all its components, calling them into an intimacy with one another and to the larger community within which all earthly realities have their existence…” (Thomas Berry)
Cosmic Sparks: Igniting a Re-enchantment with the Sacred – led by Margie Abbott RSM
Friday 29 November, 7pm – Sunday 1 December, 3pm
In this weekend retreat you will have time to listen deeply to Earth and each other. Seeing Earth in her loveliness and listening to her teachings will be a feature of this contemplative weekend. There will be Earth centred meditations, mindfulness walking and the contemplative making of a rice mandala.
Prayer Days – Walking with God in Nature
Cape Schanck – Saturday 23 March
Sherbrooke Forest – Saturday 6 April
Yarra Bend Park – Saturday 17 August
Ferny Creek – Saturday 7 September
Cape Woolamai / Phillip Island – Saturday 5 October
Werribee Gorge – Saturday 26 October