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2014 Lenten Series to offer reflections on Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

February 28, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans’ Jesuit Center presents its 2014 Lenten Series, "The Heart of Ignatian Spirituality: The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola," a collection of events in March and April to observe the season of Lent. Aiming to inspire the entire Loyola community—students, faculty, staff and alumni—to share together in the spirit of the season, the series features reflective lectures, concerts and masses such as the Gregorian Chant Laetare Mass Sunday, March 30.

The Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., vice president for the Office of Mission and Ministry, points to what St. Ignatius Loyola says as inspiration for the series: “Love ought to manifest itself in deeds rather than just words,” Ignatius says at the end of the Spiritual Exercises. “This is just one of the many spiritual gifts we can gain from the Spiritual Exercises as we enter the Lenten season. We encourage our Loyola community to participate in these reflections to foster our Lenten devotions and join hearts and become truly Easter people,” Dziak said.

Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, each of these free events will take place on Loyola’s main campus. Events include:

  • Wednesday, March 12 – Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, 7 p.m.
    Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises and Week One: “Being Loved and Forgiven”
    The Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., vice president for Mission & Ministry and director of the Jesuit Center
  • Wednesday, March 19 – Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, 7 p.m.
    Week Two of the Spiritual Exercises: “Companionship with Christ”
    The Rev. Robert Gerlich, S.J., associate professor, Department of History

  • Wednesday, March 26 – Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, 7 p.m.
    A Concert: "Music to Accompany the Exercises"
    Kenneth Weber, associate chaplain, Office of University Ministry

  • Sunday, March 30 - Holy Name of Jesus Church, 7:30 p.m.
    Gregorian Chant Laetare Mass with the Rev. William Farge S.J., presiding.
    Latin Rite Mass co-sponsored by the College of Music and Fine Arts.

  • Wednesday, April 2 – Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, 7 p.m.
    Week Three of the Spiritual Exercises: “Compassion and the Abandonment of Jesus”
    The Rev. Mark Mossa, S.J., adjunct professor at Fordham University Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

  • Wednesday, April 9 – Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, 7 p.m.
    Week Four of the Spiritual Exercises: “Resurrection as New Dimension”
    The Rev. Ed Vacek, S.J., the Reverend Stephen J. Duffy Chair in Catholic Studies at Loyola.

For more information, please contact the Jesuit Center at 504-865-2304.

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