Dear Friend of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre,

December is upon us and we are once again counting on your support to see us through another year. We are celebrating 35 years of service, with over 4,500 hours of direction supplied during the last year alone!

The Centre is bustling with activity! New programs, such as the
Contemplative Retreat with Father Krull and Walking in the Desert with John Carey, have met with great success. Thanks to our website, we have requests for Fr. John Wickham’s books from as far away as Denmark! With new Ignatian Spirituality Centers popping up across Canada and the United States, we are experiencing a demand for materials related to teaching the Prayer Companion Program. In addition, we are closer to joining forces with Concordia University in the development of an accredited Spirituality Program.

Although Christmas is a season of great joy, for many it is a time of great loneliness. Thankfully, this loneliness is often recognized as a thirst for God and many turn to the Centre for spiritual guidance. And so we turn to you to help meet our financial needs so that we may continue to offer spiritual direction, free of charge. This is our gift to the community, but it does not mean that there is no cost in providing it. We count on our many friends and benefactors to make this gift possible. We rely on those who can to give generously, as in recent years, our revenues have been declining.

We thank you and ask the Lord's blessing for you and your loved ones through the intercession of our patron, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

God Bless,

Reta Desfosses

Directing an Eight Day Retreat...

with Fr. Geoffrey (Monty) Williams, M.A., M. Th., Ph. D.
November 25 and 26 , 2011
Cost: $125
This seminar will look at different types of eight day retreats, for example, preached, directed, interactive.  We will look at the dynamics of an eight day retreat within the context of Ignatian spirituality.   Practical concerns and difficulties will be addressed, along with their solutions, as well as the role of the director and personal style.
Ordained in 1977,
Father Geoffrey (Monty) Williams has led numerous workshops and seminars. He is the author of several books including, Finding God in the Dark: Taking the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to the Movies, for which he won the First Prize in the Catholic Press Association Awards in 2005.
For more information or to register, please contact the Centre at 514-481-1064 or

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary...

...of the Jesuits’ Arrival in Canada!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Events include:

An OPEN HOUSE at the Ignatian Centre, 4567 West Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come and meet our teachers and spiritual directors, check out the treasures in our library...followed by

MASS at 4:30 p.m. in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 4455 West Broadway, and then
DINNER and ENTERTAINMENT, at 6:15 pm, in the Church Hall of St. Ignatius of Loyola.              
TICKETS for the dinner are $40 each.

For further information or to purchase tickets please contact Mary at (514) 481-1064 or

Thank you for your support!



Survivors of Sexual Abuse and the Challenges They Bring to Spiritual Direction
with Beth Crisp (see biographical note below).
Sexual abuse profoundly affects survivors to the extent that many are unable to maintain previously held viewpoints or ways of being.  For Christian survivors, this may include how they perceive and relate to God and engage in intimate relationships including spiritual direction. The issues they bring to spiritual direction may be challenging for directors, particularly those with little knowledge or experience of sexual abuse. This workshop introduces some of the issues which may emerge in spiritual direction and explores the question of what makes an effective spiritual director for survivors of sexual abuse.

Date: Sunday, October 16 Time: 2 pm Cost: $25
Finding God after Sexual Abuse: Prayer for Survivors of Sexual Abuse with Beth Crisp (see biographical note below).
Beth Crisp is the author of
 Beyond Crucifixion: Meditations on Surviving Sexual Abuse, a book of stories and prayers about the struggles with self, relationships and God which emerge when one attempts to move from sexual abuse. While a common response is to give up on faith, the only way of moving on and overcoming a crippling sense of desolation was not to run from God but to embrace that relationship. The resulting prayers, which range from profound to humorous, touch on the five essential food groups of the human soul — love, grace, humour, friendship and forgiveness.  In this session, Beth talks about this journey from despair to hope and the potential and pitfalls in exploring prayer in the aftermath of sexual abuse.
 Date: Monday, October 17 Time: 7 pm Cost: $25

Biographical Note:

Beth R. Crisp is Associate Professor of Social Work at Deakin University in Australia and much of her work focuses on marginalisation and social exclusion. She is particularly interested in spirituality for people who find themselves on the margins of the church or wider society, particularly women who have experienced sexual abuse.  She is the author of Beyond Crucifixion: Meditations on Surviving Sexual Abuse (Darton Longman & Todd, 2010) and Spirituality and Social Work (Ashgate, 2010) as well as numerous articles in both theology and social work journals. Beth is a survivor of sexual abuse, Roman Catholic by choice and a regular contributor to The Way, a spirituality journal published by the British Jesuits.

BOOK AND YARD SALE -- This Weekend!

SEPTEMBER 16 & 17, 9 am to 4 pm
4567 West Broadway, between Somerled & Sherbrooke
All are welcome!

Books galore, all subjects, plus clothing, small appliances, household items and more!!!! Please contact us at 514-481-1064 or for more information.



We hope you have enjoyed the summer months and are ready for the new catechetical year! The Centre reopens Tuesday, September 6. Office hours will be Monday to Thursday, from 9 am to 4 pm. Mass will be celebrated at 11:30am from Tuesday to Thursday. Here are some of the events we have prepared for you:

Contemplative Retreat, with Fr. Carl Krull, S.J.
A contemplative program in everyday life for those who have a longing for a simpler and more direct union with God, having formerly meditated on scripture with satisfaction, but feel an increasing frustration and inability to go on doing so.
PLACE: The Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal
COST: Free will offering (suggested donation: $100 for 20 sessions)

Hearing God in Others: a Listening Skills Course, with Cathie Macaulay and Elizabeth Koessler.

This 6 session course is designed to develop a spirituality of listening. Basic skills for fostering communication in family and pastoral care relationships are put into practice during this course.
PLACE: The Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal
DATE: Tuesday, September 27, October 11 & 18, November 1, 8 & 22
TIME 7:30 pm
COST: $120


SEPTEMBER 16 & 17, 9 am to 4 pm
All are welcome!

We need your stuff, and your help! Please donate any gently used items such as books, houseware, etc… for this important fundraising event.


OPEN HOUSE: 10 am to 4 pm at The Ignatian Centre;
MASS: 4:30 pm at St. Ignatius Parish;
: 6 pm, St. Ignatius Parish Hall

FOR OUR FULL SCHEDULE, check out our Calendar of Events and the latest edition of our Newsletter by clicking on Publications in the left sidebar.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope to hear from you soon at 514-481-1064 or

Contemplative Retreat - Summer Sessions

Father Carl Krull is available during most of July and August. If you wish to contact him, please send him an email at or leave a message at the Centre, 514-481-1064.

Magis, Calendar available -- Fall Events

Under Publications (see left side bar), you will find the latest edition of our Magis newsletter and our Calendar of Events for the 2011-2012 season.

We will be accepting items for our
Book & Yard Sale -- to be held September 16 & 17 -- throughout the summer.  Please leave a message at the Centre (514-481-1064) and we will arrange an appointment.

SAVE THE DATE:  October 22, 2011:  Open House and Dinner in thanksgiving for the Jesuits 400 years in Canada.  More details to follow.

Thank you for your continued support and have a great summer!

When Helping You is Hurting Me...

Escaping the Messiah Trap.
with Cathie Macaulay.

For more details, please see the poster. Click Publications in the left sidebar, then Announcements.

Saturday, May 14, 2011, at:           
The Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal
4567 West Broadway, Mtl, Qc   H4B 2A7
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $60    
Student price available.                                                                                                                                                                       
Please bring a lunch!

To register please email the Centre at: or call 514-481-1064.
You can also visit our website at

Healed by Grace -- Anointed in Love

A Day of Retreat with Carol A. Fournier

Prepare your heart for the journey of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. The woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with love was healed by God’s grace and reconciliation. Are you called to reconcile aspects of your own heart in relationship with the gifts of God’s love? Do you have a longing to wash the feet of Christ in recognition of the blessings you have received in your own life? Perhaps there are places in your heart that desire the deep healing that comes through prayer.

This day of retreat offers opportunity to share in conferences, personal reflection and silence.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $25
at The Ignatian Centre, 4567 West Broadway, Montreal.

Please bring a lunch.

To register, call 514-481-1064 or email at

NEW: Contemplating Scripture through Gregorian Chant

Gregorian Chant inspires on to meditate on Scripture for the music illuminates the beauty of the words.

In this conference, Dr. Ted Krasnicki would like to discuss how Gregorian chant is a meditation on the words of Holy Scripture. Specifically, he would like to show that chant is a musical exegesis of the text, in terms of theology, “word painting”, inner sentiment of the singer.  

For more information, click on Publications on the left sidebar, then Announcements.

Thursday, April 7th, from 7 to 9 pm.

The talk is FREE of charge; donations are appreciated.

To register please contact:

The Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal
4567 West Broadway, Mtl, Qc H4B 2A7

The Ignatian Workout

We all know the importance of physical exercise, but what about the spiritual exercises — those exercises that keep us fit spiritually? The Ignatian Workout promotes the importance of achieving spiritual fitness and presents a dynamic program of “workouts” based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Tim Muldoon is a writer and theologian rooted in the Catholic and Ignatian traditions of spirituality. He is a married father of two daughters by adoption.

Date: March 18, from 7 to 9 pm, and Saturday March 19, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Special Price: $75
Please note that no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.

To register, please email the Centre at or call at 514-481-1064.

Thank you!

NEW COURSE: Walking in the Desert

John Carey will be “Walking in the Desert” with us on Saturday, February 26, from 9 am to 3 pm, here at the Centre. The cost is $40. For more information, click on Publications on the left sidebar, then Announcements.

To register, email us using Contact on the left sidebar (or or call 514-481-1064.

We hope to see you there!

New Groups Being Formed...

If you are interested in joining Fr. Krull’s Contemplative Retreat (see notice below for details), please contact the Centre. There is no deadline for registration.