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Adult Formation



There are many great options for daily prayer online, through smartphone and tablet apps, by mail, or by email. If you have more to add to the list or would like some suggestions, let me know!

Daily Mass Readings – You can always find the Mass readings of the day and daily video reflections at the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings (in English)
http://www.usccb.org/bible/lecturas/ (in Spanish)
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm (audio)
http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/ (video)

Pray As You Go and Rezando Voy – Daily Jesuit prayer audio podcasts (with smartphone apps), based on the readings of the day:

Jesuit Daily Reflections – Here are several options for daily Ignatian prayer from around the world, some also available as smartphone/tablet apps:

The Word (America - The Jesuit Review) - https://www.americamagazine.org/section/word
Scripture reflections online or in a podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-word/id1320295636?mt=2)

Bishop Barron’s Homilies - http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/ - Bishop Robert Barron’s “worldwide media ministry” offers a weekly podcast of his Sunday homilies, weekly videos for teachers at https://faithinfocusweekly.com, as well as Advent and Lent resources in English and Spanish at http://adventreflections.com/and http://www.lentreflections.com/.

Busted Halo - http://bustedhalo.com/ - This Catholic site for "faith shared joyfully" offers many articles and resources, including non-traditional Advent and Lent reflections.

Loyola Press 3 Minute Retreat (English or Spanish) - http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm and http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minutos-de-retiro-oracion-diaria-online.htm - A three-minute daily retreat from Loyola Press.

The Examen (at Ignatian Spirituality) - http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/ - Here you can find many excellent resources to use to integrate the Ignatian Examen into your daily life.

Anytime Examen - http://godinallthings.com/prayer/anytime-examen/ - A two-minute audio recording to lead you through a reflection on the high and low points of the last 24 hours.

Praying with Our Imagination (at Creighton) - http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Imagination/ - There are several examples here of imaginative prayer for you to try, based on Gospel readings.

Magnificat (in English or Spanish) - http://www.magnificat.com/ - The classic book of daily Mass readings, prayers, and reflections is available for paid paper, online, or smartphone/tablet app subscriptions. (They also provide resources for children.)

Our Daily Bread and Nuestro Pan Diario - https://odb.org/ and https://nuestropandiario.org/ - Daily devotions and Bible reading plans (including a yearly reading plan) available in print, by email, or as a smartphone/tablet app.

Jesuit Resources

General Resources and Getting Started

Loyola Press - What is Ignatian Spirituality
If you'd like to get started with Ignatian Spirituality or understand it better, Loyola Press keeps a collection of great resources for every level and many different topics.

Xavier University - Jesuit Resource
Xavier University has a curated collection of resources, many that may be useful in your classroom or department. (en español)

Boston College - The Portal to Jesuit Studies
Boston College and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies have a searchable online portal to a wide selection of Jesuit sources.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network
An organization for social justice and advocacy from the point of view of Ignatian Spirituality, and they have many resources about current events and justice movements.

The Jesuit Post
A blog written and produced by Jesuits in formation, engages contemporary life and pop culture from a Jesuit perspective.

Jesuit Leadership, Education & Business

USA Today - Jesuit Schools Thrive in USA ahead of Pope Francis' trip
This article gives an overview of how the Jesuits got involved in education and what makes Jesuit education distinctive.

American Magazine - What distinguishes Jesuits
Cardinal Avery Dulles S.J. details the vision of St. Ignatius and the special characteristics of the Jesuits.

Loyola Press - A method of group decision making
This resource from Loyola Press has a method of group discernment for businesses and organizations.

Thinking Faith - On not having to be John Keating
This article on Ignatian Spirituality in the classroom comes highly recommended.

American Magazine - Love will decide everything
This piece on Pedro Arrupe S.J. explains how, as Father General, he led Jesuit schools to emphasize faith and justice.

Xavier University - Foundational documents on Jesuit Catholic Education
Many documents on the basis of Jesuit Education.

Ignatian Discernment

Marquette University - Some Ignatian prinicples for making prayerful decisions
Here is a background on Ignatian discernment and making personal decisions, from Marquette.

Ignatius and the First Jesuits

Gutenberg - The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
Online version of the "autobiography" of St. Ignatius (written by an early Jesuit, based on Ignatius's account of his life) (en español)

David Fleming S.J. - The Ignatian Anniversaries
This article by David Fleming S.J. explores the lives and spiritual lessons from St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Peter Faber.

Georgetown University - Selected letters by St. Ignatius
A collection of letters that Ignatius wrote to the first Jesuits. I recommend starting with 1 and 8, both labeled "On Dealing with Others."

More Resources

Jesuits.org - General Congregation 36
General Congregation 36, in Fall 2016, was the most recent worldwide Jesuit meeting. See this link for information about GC36, the new Father General, and previous Jesuit General Congregations.

The Jesuit Curia in Rome
A list of Jesuit publications worldwide, in many languages.

Jesuits.org - Publications
Links to Jesuit publications by the Jesuits in the U.S. and Canada, including America Magazine and the Studies in Jesuit Spirituality journal.


There are many opportunities to go on an individual or group retreat! Please see me if you'd like to discuss options or funding from the school for these or other retreats.

Sign up for a group retreat. Below are some places close by and places we’ve used in the past, and you can use their websites to see if they have upcoming retreats scheduled. (Some of these places lead a lot of retreats, while others are primarily places for people to go for individual retreats. Most offer both.)

Take time for an individual retreat. An individual retreat, whether you want some quiet time for yourself or a retreat led by a director, can be a great way to renew your faith at a time and place that works for you. Check the list below to see about scheduling one, and let me know if you’d like help finding activities or a director.

Some options for local retreat houses:

Bellarmine (Barrington)
The Cenacle (Lincoln Park)
Carmelite Spiritual Center (Darien)
Monastery of the Holy Cross (Bridgeport)
Portiuncula Center for Prayer (Frankfort)
The Well (LaGrange Park)

Or if you'd like to take a trip:

Jesuit Retreat House (Oshkosh, MI)
Christ in the Wilderness (Stockton, IL)

And there are many more:


Check with your parish. Your parish bulletin or parish staff can tell you whether retreats are offered at your own church. If your parish has a retreat or program you think others might enjoy, please let me know!

Spiritual Direction

Please see Beth Franzosa or Fr. Pat Casey if you'd like help finding a spiritual director! Here are a few spiritual centers that offer spiritual direction if you'd like to get started.

What Is Spiritual Direction? A resource from Loyola Press's Ignatian Spirituality page.

The Claret Center in Hyde Park has many trained spiritual directors, and also some opportunities to work (for free) with a spiritual director in training during the school year. Call 773-643-6259 and ask for Mary, and she can talk with you about which director will be a good match for you.

The Cenacle in Lincoln Park offers spiritual direction from the Cenacle Sisters for a free-will donation.

Spiritual Reading

Stop by the ETC (across from Room 211 in the St. Stephen's building) to borrow one of these books for your own reading.

If you have suggestions for other books to add, please let Beth Franzosa know!books_9.8.16.JPG

Jesuit History, Education, and Business

Yo viví la bomba atómicaArrupeSpanish
Stretched for Greater Glory: What to Expect from the Spiritual ExercisesAschenbrennerEnglish
Our Way of ProceedingBarryEnglish
Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit WayBarry and DohertyEnglish
Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Lay Colleagues and FriendsByronEnglish
Spiritual Exercises for TodayDunneEnglish
¿Qué es la Espiritualidad Ignaciana?FlemingSpanish
Lessons from Ignatius LoyolaFlemingEnglish
What Is Ignatian Spirituality?FlemingEnglish
Come Follow MeFortmanEnglish
Misionero: Breve semblanza de Pedro ArrupeIglesiasSpanish
Heroic LeadershipLowneyEnglish
A Pilgrim's Testament: The Memoirs of Ignatius of LoyolaLoyolaEnglish
Ejercicios EspiritualesLoyolaSpanish
Escritos EsencialesLoyolaSpanish
Pedro ArrupeMaierSpanish
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) EverythingMartinEnglish
Ignatian HumanismModrasEnglish
La Aventura IgnacianaO'BrienSpanish
The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the PresentO'MalleyEnglish
The First JesuitPurcellEnglish
Escritos EsencialesTeilhard de Chardin Spanish
Ignatius of Loyola: The Pilgrim SaintTellechea IdígorasEnglish

Perspectives on Faith

Tuesdays with MorrieAlbomEnglish
Dame a conocer to nombre: Imagenes biblicas para hablar de DiosAleixandreSpanish
Contemplatives in ActionBarryEnglish
The Gift of PeaceBernardinEnglish
Jesuits in ProfileBolyEnglish
Tattoos on the HeartBoyleEnglish
Caminar sobre las aguasBueltaSpanish
Sopa de Pollo para el Alma InquebrantableCanfield, Hansen, McNamaraSpanish
To Be a Christian Is to Be a RevolutionaryCarneyEnglish
In Search of Paul: How Jesus's Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's KingdomCrossan and ReedEnglish
The Mystic Road of LoveDunneEnglish
A Taste of PeruEsentherEnglish
Believing in JesusFoleyEnglish
Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the WorldFrancisEnglish
Man's Search for MeaningFranklEnglish
Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the SacramentsGrady and HustonEnglish
Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of St. BenedictHenryEnglish
Man Is Not AloneHeschelEnglish
Becoming HumanJean VanierEnglish
Dones de Gracia: Una Collección de Encuentros Personales con la Virgen MariaJensenSpanish
Poetry of John Paul IIJohn Paul IIEnglish
Rediscover JesusKellyEnglish
Happy Are They…: Living the Beatitudes in AmericaLangfordEnglish
Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: An Introduction to Ignatian SpiritualityLonsdaleEnglish
How Can I Find God?MartinEnglish
I'll Die LaughingMcGloinEnglish
Findind Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and EvolutionMillerEnglish
Keeping the Faith, Making a DifferenceMiscambleEnglish
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian LeadershipNouwenEnglish
A Faith You Can Live WithO'DonnellEnglish
This Is Our FaithPennockEnglish
Stories of GodRilkeEnglish
Becoming HumanVanierEnglish
Mercy in the CityWeberEnglish
Simone Weil: Selected WritingsWeilEnglish

Prayer and Reflection

Bread of Life, Cup of SalvationBaldovin English
God and You: Prayer as a Personal RelationshipBarryEnglish
Praying with Ignatius of LoyolaBergen and SchwanEnglish
A Western Way of Meditation: The Rosary RevisitedBryanEnglish
<<¡Dichosos vosotros!>> DeclouxSpanish
Orar con el Padre ArrupeGarciaSpanish
Peace Is Every StepHanhEnglish
Called to HolinessHaringEnglish
Corazones ArdientesHarterSpanish
Hearts on Fire (1993)HarterEnglish
Hearts on Fire (2004)HarterEnglish
Jesus Beyond 2000: A Prayer JourneyLinkEnglish
Catholic PrayersLiturgy Training PublicationsEnglish
The CanticlesLiturgy Training PublicationsEnglish
The PsalterLiturgy Training PublicationsEnglish
A Simple, Life-Changing PrayerManneyEnglish
Una oración sencilla que cambia la vidaManneySpanish
Becoming Who You AreMartinEnglish
Jesus: A PilgrimageMartinEnglish
Praying with Passionate WomenMeehanEnglish
No Man Is an IslandMertonEnglish
Contemplative PrayerMertonEnglish
New Seeds of ContemplationMertonEnglish
The Seeker's Guide to Reading the Bible: A Catholic ViewMuellerEnglish
The Ignatian WorkoutMuldoonEnglish
Life of the BelovedNouwenEnglish
The One Year BibleOur Sunday VisitorEnglish
En Nombre de Dios Pedimos PosadaPinzon-UmanaSpanish
The Essential Bible Handbook: A Guide for CatholicsRedemptoristEnglish
Everything BelongsRohrEnglish
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian SpiritualityRolheiserEnglish
Psalm 23: The Song of a Passionate HeartRoperEnglish
Ocho Dias de Ejercicios EspiritualesSagues/CortabarriaSpanish
The Daily New TestamentServantEnglish
Inner CompassSilfEnglish
Moment by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday LifeSmith and MerzEnglish
Armchair Mystic: Easing Into Contemplative PrayerThibodeauxEnglish
God, I Have IssuesThibodeauxEnglish
Rediscubrir el Examen IgnacianoThibodeauxSpanish
The ShackYoungEnglish


Check the sites for the Jesuit Schools Network, Educate Magis, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network to see news from Jesuit schools around the country and the world.

From the Archdiocesan newspaper Catholic New World, some places and events to check off your "Catholic Bucket List".

The worldwide Jesuit meeting, General Congregation 36, took place in fall 2016. There is a page of information and history about Jesuit General Congregations here: http://jesuits.org/gc?dtn=dtn-20160711030307

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James Shea, S.J.

Mission and Identity Officer