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Living Simply, Gratefully, Poetically: Ignatian Rhythms in Spiritual Direction — with Kent Ira Groff

  • February 10, 2010
  • 3:30 PM - 6:14 PM
  • Place St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St (14th and Clarkson)
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Continuing Education for Spiritual Directors

Living Simply, Gratefully, Poetically: Ignatian Rhythms in Spiritual Direction — with Kent Ira Groff

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 4–6:15 p.m. (3:30–4 p.m. check-in, fellowship and refreshments. Cost: $15 to $35, as you are able.)

Topic  How can you accompany people yearning to be genuine in a cluttered, fear-based culture? Ignatian spirituality weaves simplicity and gratitude, intellect and imagination, scripture and discernment. Poetry is primal speech, the language of metaphors that both guide and companion us—even unknowingly—to express the soul. Focusing on fewer words allows for pauses to integrate heart, mind and will. Through contemplative questions and companioning another in the workshop, your life may morph into a poem with repeated rhythms—call and response, suffering and celebration.

Presenter  Kent Ira Groff, a spiritual director, retreat leader, and poet writer, is founding mentor of Oasis Ministries and former adjunct professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA). Drawing on two decades of training spiritual directors and time spent in India and primal cultures, his new book Facing East, Praying West: Poetic Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises (Paulist Press) offers poetry for retreats and spiritual companioning.

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