ISI Presents: Montserrat Mornings of Renewal


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ISI is delighted to present the Montserrat Mornings of Renewal in 2020. Our theme is Vision and we have gathered persons with long experience in Ignatian spirituality, deep insight, and dynamic presentation styles to invite, cajole, comfort, and challenge us to explore ways of living our life of faith, hope, and love. 

All adults are welcome at every Morning of Renewal. The mornings are offered in the Loyola Room (second floor) in Campion Hall at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House. The morning begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with the celebration of Mass at 11:30 a.m. There is no set cost of the mornings, but we do accept offerings to help defray facility and materials expenses. It is helpful to our planning if you let us know you are coming. You can register here. 

The first morning of renewal of 2020 is Saturday, February 1 with the theme of Arrupe’s Vision - The virtue of faithjustice. Here's some more info about the morning and our presenter: 

Pedro Arrupe became the 27th Father General of the Jesuits in 1965. This decade has been described as the most turbulent and pivotal in modern history. Arrupe’s tenure may have proven that assessment true, but his heart stayed the course of man for others: all others, all cultures, all economic groups. He commissioned the Society of Jesus to be the change agents of the 21st century - "to fall in love and stay in love, for it will change everything." In the 60's and 70's, in unprecedented ways, Jesuits were being martyred, arrested, serving gangs and transforming lives, and withstanding storms that threatened their own religious order. Out of their chaos arises the virtue of faithjustice. Today, Pope Francis continues to advance the vision of Arrupe. Pope Francis has found his ‘one true thing.’ 

During this morning of reflection, we will together explore the lives of the Jesuits educators in San Salvalor who were martyred, Jesuit Fathers Danial Berrigan and Greg Boyle, and Pope Francis’ vision asking ourselves what does this mean to me today at the beginnign of 2020. Have you located your "one true thing? What challenges and turbulence do you face? What gifts are given you to fall in love and stay in love? 

Barb Mack

Ignatian Spirituality changed my spiritual life, prayer life, family life and my day-to-day life-life. I came across it a few decades after I should have. Because I should have done many things differently. But it is a spirituality of hope and love and what I hope to do is give back to others what I have experienced when I listen to others prayer experience or read what this tradition has done over hundreds of years. In the past, I worked as a nurse, was able to stay home with my five children, and have since taught yoga, meditation, and actively tutor. 


Mass Celebrant: 
Fr. Ron Gonzales, S.J.

Fr. Ron entered the Jesuits in 1992. He earned a Master of Arts in Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago (1997) and a Masters of Divinity from Jesuit School of Theology Santa Clara in Berkeley, California (2003). He was ordained to the Jesuit priesthood in 2003.

Trained in spiritual direction, Fr. Ron enjoys giving retreats and workshops based on Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. He has served in parishes in Albuquerque, San Antonio, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and served as pastor at Sacred Heart Church from 2013 to 2019. He joined the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House staff in June 2019.

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Future 2020 Themes, Presenters and Mass Celebrants:

Saturday, March 7: Seeing Christ in Need with Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J. presenter and celebrant

Saturday, April 4: Visions in the Gardens, Gethsemane and Beyond with Susie Andrews, presenter, and Fr. Roy Joseph, S.J., celebrant

Saturday, May 2: Here & Now: Presence Matters with Rachel Triska, presenter, and Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J. celebrant

Saturday, June 6: Being the Apple of God's Eye: an Ignatian Perspective with Fr. Roy Joseph, S.J. presenter and celebrant

Saturday, August 1: Looking with the eyes of a child: the spirituality of play with Cyndy Mathews, presenter, and Fr. Ron Gonzales, S.J., celebrant

Saturday, September 5: Seeing the Joy of the Lord through Life's Messy Lens with MK Simion, presenter, and Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J., celebrant

Saturday, October 3: The Examen: Who is Looking at Whom? with Mark Canales, presenter, and Fr. Roy Joseph, S.J., celebrant

Saturday, November 7: Do you see anything? Mark 8:22-25 the blind man of Bethsaida with Ann Lee, presenter, and Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J., celebrant

Saturday, December 5: Advent: “What does it mean ‘to prepare the way of the Lord’”? with Estelle Bouley, presenter, and Fr. Ron Gonzales, S.J., celebrant


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