St. Ignatius referred to his fellow Jesuits as “friends in the Lord,” and it is with appreciation for your companionship that we address you also as “friends.” We welcome this opportunity to share what it means to be companions of St. Ignatius – whether as Jesuits or Jesuit colleagues, partners in mission, students, alumni, familyor friends.
It seems fitting that our first issue of the year – at a time whe n many of us are thinking about renewal – focuses on Ignatian spirituality. Ignatian spirituality is at the core of our mission, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, often described as Ignatius’ greatest gift to the world, help us to be attentive and responsive to God’s call throughout all stages of our lives.
In this issue, we feature the Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta, Ga. This thriving center is one of many throughout our region that offers retreats and programs on Ignatian spirituality and discernment. While some of you may be learning about our centers for the first time, we hope this article brings back warm memories for the rest of you who have already experienced the many graces offered by our retreat ministries.
Visiting one of our retreat houses is not the only way to rejuvenate your faith life in this new year. Our 2015 online Lenten program, Igniting Our Values, offers ways to connect with Ignatian spirituality and with each other. All of the details can be found at www.jesuits.org/ignite, and the site is live and ready for you to sign up to receive daily emails throughout the rest of Lent with ways to pray each day.
The journey of Lent prepares us to recognize the new life of Easter, and we look to the many hopeful signs for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. Of special richness for us are our senior Jesuits. To give you a peek inside two of our residences for senior priests and brothers, JESUITS magazine spent time at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx, N.Y., and at Campion Health Center in Weston, Mass., photographing residents in their daily activities. These men bring us a great gift of hope. In them we see the living proof that God continues to sustain us as His creation and works through us even when we experience the limitations of human life. We ask for your continued prayers for and support of these men.
Thank you for working with us in our shared ministries, for supporting our men in formation and for helping us provide for our senior and infirm Jesuits. We are grateful for all you do with us and for us. Know that we remember you in our prayers and count on your continued support.
Sincerely in the Lord,