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Ignatian spirituality, suicide bereavement among topics offered at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the December 15, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center offers a wide variety of opportunities for spiritual growth in the weeks to come.

• Jesuit Father Armand Nigro returns to Immaculate Heart Retreat Center to lead a silent Ignatian retreat the weekend of Dec 16-18.

The retreat will follow the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in a shortened format.

The weekend begins with check-in and a guided program on Friday evening, Dec. 16, and concludes with lunch on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Father Nigro is an accomplished spiritual director who has served in spiritual ministry since 1957, giving workshops and working with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius throughout the Northwest. He most recently presented a seven-day Ignation Retreat at Immaculate Heart in August.

In the Ignatian tradition, Father Nigro will guide sessions on the Exercises, provide spiritual direction and celebrate Mass. The weekend also offers time for Eucharistic Adoration, contemplation, writing, meditation and prayer.

Weekend accommodations and meals are $185 for singles and $280 for couples; commuters are $50 per day. Advance registration is required.

• On Jan. 13-15, Anne Cronin Tyson and C. Karen Covey Moore will present a suicide bereavement retreat titled Beauty from Ashes: Transforming Loss. The retreat focuses on using prayer, reflection, journaling and sharing to help participants remember their loved ones, reframe their experience with hope, refocus anguish and integrate pain with joy.

Since this is the second time Cronin and Moore have presented this retreat at Immaculate Heart, they have prepared new material for returning participants.

Cost for the weekend (two nights plus five meals) is $185 per person, $280 per couple, or $100 for commuters (meals only).

• Although January’s gathering has been moved to the second Friday of the month, Bishop Blase Cupich continues his “First Fridays with the Bishop” series on Jan. 13, with a presentation titled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”

The day begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a 30-minute talk by the bishop. It ends at 1 p.m. after an informal question-and-answer session.

Cost is $15 to cover lunch; advance reservations are required.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Anne Cronin Tyson and C. Karen Covey Moore will present a workshop titled Suicide Bereavement: What Do I Say? for pastors, ministers, counselors, youth leaders, spiritual directors, teachers and others who minister to families during times of loss.

The workshop, scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., is designed to provide the participants with the tools necessary to guide those who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide.

The workshop is $35, including lunch.

• Jesuit Father Michael Maher (right) will lead a weekend retreat for men, titled “Follow the Instructions! Simple Methods for Moving Toward God in Everyday Life,” Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22.

The retreat is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Richland Council #3307, and is open to all men.

Father Maher brings decades of experience to the retreat – including ministry as a history professor, Knights of Columbus chaplain, and spiritual director and retreat director.

Cost, including meals and lodging, is $185 per person and $100 for commuters. Advance registration is requested.

• The weekend of Jan. 27-29, IHRC offers a new weekend prayer retreat for men and women of all faiths, titled “God Calling: Invitation to Prayer,” presented by Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton. The retreat will explore different forms of prayer and spiritual practice.

Cost for the weekend (two nights plus five meals) is $185 per person, $280 a couple or $100 for commuters.

This retreat is a new offering on IHRC’s schedule and is designed to provide spiritual renewal for men and women through prayer.

Dr. Copeland-Payton will use a variety of prayer forms to help participants build and maintain relationship with God through intentional and regular prayer.

Dr. Copeland-Payton is an ordained Presbyterian pastor and an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader. She directs Gonzaga University’s training program for spiritual directors. Her training also includes 20 years as a practicing physician. She lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, and leads retreats around the country.

To register for these and other IHRC events, call 509-448-1224, email programs@ihrc.net, or visit the retreat center’s web site: www.IHRC.net.

• Beginning Jan. 19 and running on the third Thursday of each month from January through May, Immaculate Heart Retreat Center offers a new program series titled “Theology of the Body for Teens.” Facilitating will be Father Jeff Lewis, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The program addresses low self-esteem and focuses on the purpose of dating, building a healthier sense of personhood into relationships in God.

Blessed Pope John Paul II’s teaching helps to safeguard teens in their years of formation and gives them guidelines to pure, chaste relationships until marriage.

The evening runs from 6-8:30 p.m., including supper.

The cost is $10 per person per session, with special family and group rates available. Workbooks for the program can be purchased at Abba’s Catholic Bookstore.

Advance registration is requested.

• Also beginning in January will be another new study program, based on Father Robert Barron’s TV series Catholicism.

The 12-month program utilizes Father Barron’s PBS video series, with an adult formation program that expands and reinforces the DVD content.

The program will be presented twice each day, at noon and 5:30 p.m., on the last Tuesday of the month, from January-December 2012. Facilitating will be the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.

The midday program will begin at noon with lunch; the evening, with dinner at 5:30 p.m.

The first presentation will be the evening of Jan. 31 – there will be no noon gathering that first day – under the leadership of Bishop Cupich.

Cost is $20 per person, per session, or, if paid in advance for all 12, $15/person/session.

Workbooks are available at Abba’s Bookstore. Advance registration is requested.

• In other news from IHRC, the center’s director, Deacon John Ruscheinsky (left), has been named Hospice of Spokane’s Volunteer Chaplain of the Year.

According to the Volunteer Chaplains Newsletter, Deacon Ruscheinsky has been a volunteer chaplain for 13 years now, preceding his ordination in 1999.

“As long as Hospice of Spokane wants me, and as long as God lets me, I’m a Hospice chaplain,” he said.


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