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An Advent Meditation...

...through Bodily Experience and Movement.

All of Creation Longs for the Coming of the Reign of God.

Facilitator: Sr. Mary-Ellen Francoeur
Where: The Ignatian Spirituality Centre
4567 West Broadway
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $50

For registration, contact the Ignatian Spirituality Centre at 514-481-1064 or at

Bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable clothes allowing free movement

Each person will move respecting their physical limits and/or personal comfort

Sr. Mary-Ellen Francoeur
is a Sister of Service with a background in spiritual direction and clinical psychology. She is also deeply committed to the spirituality of ecology and cosmology. She approaches all of her ministry wholistically.

New Program offered by Fr. Krull

A contemplative program in everyday life for those who have a longing for a simpler and more direct union with God, having meditated on Scripture with satisfaction, but feel an increasing frustration and inability to go on doing so.

The program involves following a detailed guidebook, giving an hour a day to contemplative meditation, and meeting the director about once a week.

Fr. Krull, S.J., has been directing this type of contemplative meditation for many years in India.

Please contact the Centre if you are interested:

Memorial Mass for Father Wickham

Father John Wickham died peacefully on July 7th, 2010 at RenÈ Goupil House, the Jesuit Infirmary, in Pickering, Ontario, in his 84th year of life and 67th year of religious life. His Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday July 12th, 2010, at St. Ignatius Chapel, Manresa Retreat House, in Pickering, Ontario.

A MEMORIAL MASS will be celebrated on Thursday, October 7th at 7:30 pm, at St Ignatius Parish, 4455 West Broadway, NDG.

Come celebrate with us Father’s life.


...a gentle invitation for re-creation.

Facilitator: Philip Chircop, SJ
When: Friday, Oct 22nd from 7 pm to 9 pm and
Saturday, Oct 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm,
with Mass to follow.
Location: Loyola High School, 7272 Sherbrooke St. W. (corner of West Broadway)
Cost: $125

“Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). This seminar is about stopping and slowing down, stepping outside the chaos of our lives to reframe and hopefully re-engage in a refreshed manner. Together we hope to explore and acquire some basic tools that can help us reestablish critical balance in an upside-down topsy-turvy world.

Fr. Chircop is an artist at heart and loves all things beautiful and soulful. He believes that beauty is a uniquely wonderful entry into the mystery of the God "whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”

For more information or to register, please contact the Ignatian Centre.

Fr. Jean-Marc Biron

New Provincial of the French Canada Province.


(this workshop was previously named The Messiah Trap)


DATE: 15 May 2010, Saturday
TIME: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

St. George’s Anglican Church (facing the old Windsor Station)
1101 rue Stanley (the cross-streets are de la Gauchetiere & Peel)
Metro: Bonaventure, then follow directions to Bell Centre

$50.00 before May 10th; $60.00 thereafter

Call 514-481-1064

This workshop explores 7 common styles of being a “Messiah” and how we can be more aware of unhealthy patterns in our helping relationships. It also looks at healthy models of Christian service and leadership.

In an interactive way, the course
- explores “balance” in our own lives of service,
- increases awareness about how we make decisions,
- teaches how to find “balance” in our busy lives

This workshop is sponsored by the Anglican Spiritual Direction Group of the Diocese and the Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal.

At the close of this shared day, all are invited to attend a prayer service of Thanksgiving for the ministry of spiritual direction, with licensing of Anglican spiritual directors by Bishop Barry Clarke.

Interculturalization, Sr. Kathryn T. Pierce, IHM


Sr. Kathryn T. Pierce, IHM is a religious with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and has extensive experience in intercultural training. Sr. Kathryn was co-founder and program director of Maryknoll’s Cross-Cultural Services Program for over 25 years. Her expertise includes designing and facilitating cultural sensitivity workshops for missionaries leaving or coming to the U.S.

She has frequently spoken to international congregations and dioceses to facilitate the acculturation process of their newly-arrived priests and religious.

Since the Maryknoll program closed in 2006, Pierce has returned to Detroit and established Intercultural Consultation Services, a non-profit charitable corporation that continues this work.

7 & 8 MAY 2010, Friday & Saturday

St. Ignatius Parish, 4455 West Broadway, Basement lounge, 7 - 9 pm

Loyola High School, 7272 Sherbrooke St. W. (corner of West Broadway), 3rd floor library, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

$125.00 (or negotiable)

Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal
4567 West Broadway, Montreal, Qc. H4B 2A7
Tel: 514-481-1064

Theology of Conversion, Damian Zynda, Th.D.

Christian conversion and psychological development go hand-in-hand. Spiritual Direction is the ministry of assisting another in their own conversion toward God.

As a point of departure, we will consider conversion through the theology of Bernard Lonergan. Then we will examine Ignatius of Loyola’s lifetime of spiritual conversions and psychological development. Finally, we will examine the movements of conversion through the Spiritual Exercises.

This seminar will provide opportunity for participants to reflect on their own journey of conversion.

DAMIAN ZYNDA, Th. D. received her doctorate in Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality from the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto in 2004.

She is on faculty in the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and is the Director of Formation at the Church of the Transfiguration in the Diocese of Rochester, NY where she had developed an adult formation program based on the Spiritual Exercises. She is an experienced spiritual director and supervisor who has directed retreats in Canada and the US.

Seminar: $125.00 (also negotiable)
Date: 16 & 17 April 2010; Friday 7- 9 pm; Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Registration: Ignatian Centre, 514-481-1064; 4567 West Broadway, Montreal
Location: More detail to follow


DATE: 26 & 27 March 2010
PLACE: Archdiocese Office, 2000 Sherbrooke West
TIMES: Friday 7-9 pm; Saturday 9-4 pm

The seminar is led by Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, Assistant Provincial, and is intended for:
Spiritual Directors,
Spiritual Directors in training,
pastoral teams,
pastoral councils,
liturgy teams,
and those interested in the process of discernment-making.

The cost of this seminar is as a FREE WILL OFFERING.

Free parking exists at the back of the Archdiocese Office building, or $7.00 at the Grand Seminaire (across the street).

Saturday’s lunch is ‘bring your own’, or the nearby restaurants.

Register at:
Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal,
4567 West Broadway, Montreal, Qc. H4B 2A7;
Tel: 514-481-1064

Lenten Earth Reflections, Wednesdays

Sr. Mary-Ellen Francoeur, sos, facilitates a study-discussion with material on global warming from the Canadian Earth Institute, in a context of prayer, during 6 Wednesdays of Lent. Began Feb. 10th.