Moments for Encounter
Jesuits believe in "finding God in all things" and therefore can be found working and living in a variety of ministerial situations and locations. As you discern God's personal call for your life, you may want to consider participating in some of these "moments" to encounter Jesuits in prayer, at service, or in community. Scroll down to see the entire list.
Lenten Afternoon of Reflection
Sunday, February 17, 2013
4:30pm - 7:30pm (includes dinner)
led by Bishop Gordon Bennett, SJ
Jesuit Residence Chapel
Loyola Marymount Univeristy
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Bishop Bennett will present on a relevant theme for our lenten reflection. There will be opportunities for personal and group prayer, as well as group discussions.
For more information, please contact Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ (email@example.com).
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS
February 22-24, 2013
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Visit us at booths 242, 244, 246, and 248!
COME AND SEE
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "behold the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "what are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went and saw there he was staying and they stayed with him that day." (Jn 1:35-39 NAB)
Like the two disciples seeking to know Jesus, you may be experiencing a similar desire to "come and see" how Jesus may be inviting you to serve him as a priest or brother. This free and informal gathering enables men (ages 18-45) interested in exploring a possible religious vocation with the Society of Jesus, (the Jesuits) to listen to, ask questions of, and speak with Jesuits about our vocation stories, our prayer life, our ministries, our community life, and the process of vocaiton discernment.
For more information, please contact Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A Candidates' Weekend is a chance for men discerning a call with the Society of Jesus to experience a weekend with Jesuit novices and other men exploring priesthood or religious life. The time together is informal with a focus on sharing information and experiencing what actually goes on during the two years of novitiate formation. Participants can expect to spend a lot of quality time with novices, listen to their reflections about the Spiritual Exercises and direct service placements, and have a chance to ask questions of them and th novitiate staff.
Friday, February 15 - Monday, February 18, 2013 (President's Day Weekend)
Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions
For more information, please contact Br. Jim Siwicki, SJ (email@example.com).
So you've been to a "Come and See" and attended other events around the province. You've been in regular contact with Br. Jim and feel like God is calling you to go even deeper in your discernment. It may be time for a silent retreat to allow for moments of encounter with a loving God's gentle whispers in your heart.
This retreat is by invitation only. Contact Fr. Radmar Jao, S.J., Vocation Promoter, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You've felt a "tug" or an "ache" in your belly that maybe, just maybe, God is calling you to something more. A priest? A brother? You're curious what goes on at an ordination ceremony. What are these "vows" Jesuits take? Consider attending one of these special events to experience God's spirit alive in these special liturgies! When indicated, an information session will immediately follow the ceremony where you will have the opportunity to encounter Jesuits in an informal setting, speak about their ministry and ask any questions you may have.
DIACONATE ORDINATIONS (with info session)
"Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach."
2013 Date and Location TBD
PRESBYTERAL ORDINATIONS (with info session)
June 8, 2013
Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, CA.
Details to follow
"SIX WEEKS A JESUIT"
So you feel you're ready for the next step? You think you can handle committing to a summer of serious and intentional prayer, work and reflection? If you are actively discerning a vocation to Society of Jesus, this summer immersion program gives you the opportunity to experience what it would be like to live and work as a Jesuit for six weeks. The summer 2013 dates have yet to be determined. Please check back here in the spring of 2013 for more details.