Praying with St. Ignatius: a practicum

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St. Ignatius of Loyola jotted many notes about his experience. He noticed the movements in his prayer and what helped others in their prayer. Ignatius wanted, like the rest us, a deeper understanding and intimacy with the Lord so that he might better know how to love and serve God and others. He reflected and prayed about what he noticed and noted, and over time came to offer some guidance and suggestions for ways of praying.  

This course will explore ways of praying Ignatius thought most helpful, focusing especially on The Examen Prayer (sometimes called the prayer that changes everything), prayer of consideration, and Ignatian Contemplation (a way of praying which calls forth your God given capacity to imagine). Participants will learn why it is important to note prayer, and how to do it. This practicum will lead you to pray and also help you know what is happening in your prayer and why it matters to your life. 

Tuition: $30
Course facilitators:
Cyndy Mathews

After working many years in the area of human resources and employee benefits, Cyndy retired from the corporate world and found herself more involved in the Church and ministry. Cyndy holds a Bachelor of Science degree and completed the Univ. of Dallas Catholic Biblical School in 2006.  In 2010, she completed a three year program in spiritual direction from Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality, in association with Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH.  As part of that program, Cyndy made the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises and felt invited to step deeper into Ignatian spirituality. Today, she serves as an area spiritual director and facilitates Ignatian prayer and faith-sharing groups, as well as takes others through the 19th Annotation retreat.  Cyndy has attended retreats at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House for several years, as well as retreat workshops and the Ignatian Foundations program led by Father Joe Tetlow, SJ. Cyndy has served as spiritual director for JVC retreats, and for individual five and eight day retreats at Montserrat. She and her husband, Jack, are the parents of adult sons.

Ann Lee

Ann has been a frequent flyer at Montserrat Retreat House in Dallas for 19 years. She has attended numerous preached retreats, couple retreats, Saturday morning reflections, ISI courses and had made an 8-day directed retreat.   She was among the first classroom of  students as ISI Phase I course work became available in January 2013. Ann made the Spiritual Exercises 19th Annotation retreat, and will complete the ISI Spiritual Companioning program in December 2017. 

Raised in the Lutheran church, Ann was confirmed a Catholic Christian in May 1977.  She has been married to Michael for over 40 years. They are blessed with three daughters, a son and two grandchildren.  Ann holds a MA in Speech Pathology from the Ohio State University.  She worked many years in public schools where her focus was language development with children challenged by autism. 
Over the years, Ann has been involved in youth ministry, confirmation programming, adult formation, RCIA, scripture study, marriage and engaged encounter, and centering prayer.  Ann has facilitated small groups using the Finding Christ in the World Ignatian Retreat, and is currently guiding the 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. 
 

Dates: 
Monday, Sep.18, 2017
Monday, Sep.25, 2017
Monday, Oct.2, 2017
Monday, Oct.9, 2017