ISI Works of Mercy
In 2019, the Society of Jesus shared a vision of universal apostolic preferences for the coming years, which includes a preference "to walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice." ISI has felt this call deeply and is now forming a community of persons committed to enacting the corporal works of mercy.
From our beginnings, ISI's ministry has included the spiritual works of mercy - prayer, instruction, counsel, reconciliation - offered by a team shaped in Ignatian spiritulaty. The ISI Works of Mercy community is a natural outgrowth of that work. We will continue to pray, counsel, forgive - learn, laugh, and grow. And those who join Works of Mercy will commit to reach out to the poor and marginalized, enacting the corporal works of mercy to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, and bury the dead. Ultimately, our hope is to form a community of persons open to accompaniment of the poor and marginalized through volunteering and simple acts of solidarity. Our vision begins with Pope Francis' encouragement "to contribute to increasing a culture of acceptance, a culture of encounter and of solidarity." (Address during the visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome, 10 Sept 2013)
Perhaps you are already volunteering but would like to deepen the connection between what you are doing and why you do it in light of your faith and mature discipleship of Jesus. Or perhaps you are longing to feel more connected to others who hunger to help the poor and marginalized, and are thirsty to know what it means to walk as a companion of Jesus. If you are looking for us, you can trust ISI Works of Mercy is looking for you. Would you like to join us as we begin to listen to the Lord and one another? Our community is open to any person age 21 and over. You are welcome to join us.
We are beginning with an afternoon of reflection and discernment on Sunday, September 22 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House. If you are able, join us and please complete the info form below. Or, if you are not able to join us, but are interested in ISI Works of Mercy, you can let us know by completing the brief info form linked below, and we'll keep you in the loop with information about next steps in our work and mission.
Let us keep praying and listening and may God grant us the grace to keep 'yes!' on our lips, in our hearts, and enact the good given us to do.