An Evening with Ignatian Yoga
May 30, 2019- Old St. Patrick's Church
Bobby Karle, SJ, and the team from Ignatian Yoga led participants in a yoga class and conversation. For more info on Ignatian Yoga programs around the country, visit their website.
Swipe Right! Creating authentic community in the age of Tinder
May 15, 2019- Wise Owl
Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, shared insights on forming meaningful relationships and building community in our current world.
Magis: the tension of "more" in a liturgical season of "less"
April 6, 2019 - Ascension Catholic Church
Lauren Hackman-Brooks challenged participants to reflect on how doing less can actually help us give more to God.
Jesuit Connections Third Annual Chicago Area Mass and Reception
October 21, 2018 - Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Fr. Tho Vu, SJ, ordained in June 2018, presided at Mass in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
What's Next? Discovering your path and making decisions with the wisdom of St. Ignatius
September 5, 2018 - Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, shared St. Ignatius's tools for discernment and techniques for making decisions in our lives. For more information about Ignatian discernment methods, check out this list of articles.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner: The power of reconciliation and letting go of grudges
May 7, 2018 - Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
Jake Braithwaite, SJ, talked about the surprising ways God invites us to reconciliation with everyone from irritating coworkers to incarcerated brothers. God can use all sorts of things, even a children's book about wizards, to remind us that we belong to each other.
Give Me One Good Reason: Fueling Your Lenten Practice with Gratitude
March 3, 2018 - Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Claire Noonan invited participants to reflect on how gratitude can fuel their Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Come to Believe: How the Jesuits are Reinventing Education (Again)
January 23, 2018 - Stretch Bar & Grill
Fr. Steve Katsouros, SJ and alums Liz and Jonathan, shared about Arrupe College and how the mission of the school is changing lives by changing the way we think about education.
Missed the talk? Check out the whole thing here on the Midwest Jesuits' Facebook page.
Jesuit Connections Second Annual Chicago Area Mass and Reception
October 22, 2017 - Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
A Night with the Ignatian Spirituality Project
Re-Calibrating Our Lives: Making God our Center
March 13, 2017 - Sheffield's Chicago
Sometimes our lives require re-calibration. On the more rare occasion, our lives might need a hard re-set. But how do we know when its time to re-calibrate? Where do we turn for help in making these adjustments? What tools will aid us in aligning our lives around God? Becky Eldredge shared the wisdom of Ignatian discernment and prayer. Becky is the author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace.
Morning of Reflection: Encountering God in the Busyness
March 11, 2017 - Loyola University Chicago
Becky Eldredge invited participants to reflect on how we encounter God in the busyness of our daily lives, through the people we meet and experiences we have. The group gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus for a morning of prayer and reflection.
Becky also shared her insights in a Facebook Live event with the Midwest Jesuits.
How to make meaningful connections in a digital age
January 23, 2017 - Standard Bar & Grill
Michael Rossmann, SJ, Editor of The Jesuit Post, asked us to think about technology and how we use it. Smartphones are supposedly ruining our lives and making us incapable of having real conversations. But phones, like other modern means of communication, are tools. We can surely misuse them, but we can also use them to create meaningful connection.
Michael also shared his thoughts on the topic in a Facebook Live event on the Midwest Jesuits’ Facebook page.
Networking Event and Service Fair
November 15, 2016 - 1871 Chicago
Young professionals gathered at 1871 Chicago for a happy hour and conversations about volunteer opportunities. Representatives from organizations included: Mercy Home, Cristo Rey/Christ the King, Catholic Charities, Big Shoulders Fund, The Carole Robertson Chicago, Tutoring Chicago, Lincoln Park Conservancy, High Sight, and One Tail at a Time.
Jesuit Connections Inaugural Chicago Area Mass and Reception
October 23, 2016 - Holy Family Church
Over 150 Jesuit alumni, family, and friends gathered for our first annual Chicago Mass at Holy Family Church with a reception following at St. Ignatius College Prep. Fr. Lukas Laniauskas, SJ, presided.
Masses were held in Chicago and in thirteen cities on the East Coast. For more information about Masses in other cities, click here.
Faith in Action: two sides of the same coin
September 28, 2016 - Bottom Lounge
Fr. Dave Mastrangelo, SJ, Director of Mission and Identity at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep invited us to consider how we put our faith into action, and how we can use our God-given gifts to better the world. A great group gathered at Bottom Lounge to share their ideas and get to know others who are seeking to work for a more just world.
Faith & Justice: a Jesuit perspective on immigration
May 3, 2016 - Anthony Fornelli Lounge, Saint Ignatius College Prep
Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, invited us to ask the questions: Why should Catholics care about immigration? What can you do to help? KBI accompanies migrants, educates communities on both sides of the border, and collaborates in networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
Wondering what you can do locally? Check out this list of organizations serving immigrants and refugees in the Chicago area. The Midwest Jesuits wrote an article on Fr. Sean's talk, or watch the full video of the talk.
Faith@Work: a Jesuit perspective on exploring the intersection of your faith and work life
March 7, 2016 - Hidden Shamrock
Fr. Pat McGrath, SJ, president of Loyola Academy, inspired the crowd to think about how their faith and work lives are connected.
“Your work, what you do, whether you believe it or not, is holy work. And you’re saying, ‘Yeah, you should see what I do!’ But the point is where you are in your life is the intersection of God in this world. You: that’s where the Church is at that moment. Work is one of the ways you become the person God created you to be. The intersection of faith and work is you.” -Fr. Pat McGrath, SJ
Read more about Fr. Pat's talk here, or watch the video of the whole talk.