“What do you want to be when you grow up?” One might answer in different ways at different stages of life. Christians by virtue of our baptism share a common answer however: "I want to be Holy!"
In his recent exhortation, Rejoice and Be Glad, Pope Francis’ urges every Christian to consider his or her own call to holiness in today’s world. Using this letter as guide to discussion, the course will explore with Pope Francis the lives of Saints and consider how the we can recognize the holiness in the big and little moments of our own lives that lead us to become women and men for and with others. Join us as we view our own humanity with renewed perspectives and consider, “…the happiness for which we were created.”
This course has four sessions, which will meet at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House every other Saturday from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. beginning September 15. The dates of the course are: September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27
Ann was among the first classroom of participants at ISI Ignatian Foundations course in January 2013. She made the Spiritual Exercises 19th Annotation retreat, and completed the ISI Spiritual Companioning program in December 2017. 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, and has made an 8-day directed retreat.
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.
Mary Mahaffey is a native of Dallas, Texas, where she was raised by her parents and five other Mahaffey children. In her life, she seeks to fulfill God's will by working as a Special Education teacher and devoting time outside the classroom to the ministry of the Church. Mary has experience with Youth and Young Adult Ministry and has completed formation as a Spiritual Companion at the Ignation Spirituality Institute. Mary draws on her lived encounters with mercy, compassion, forgiveness and healing; and hopes to share these encounters with each of you as her beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.