What they do that seem to make things work
- St. Ignatius has people full time in key postions: Campus Ministry (three plus full time), Arrupe neighborhood Association (six full time); Spirituality Program for Adults (one plus two aids); have a full time Faculty Chaplain and a few student chaplains; They have a Jesuit in charge of Adult Spiritual Formation.
- St. Ignatius has a lot of faculty involved in service; there is good leadership but leaders have good support.
- They have just completed and Ignatian Review in 2005.
- The Detroit Province sponsors a pilgrimmage to Ignatian sites in Spain and Italy every other year.
- St. ignatius faculty do Senior exit interviews, the third major interview over each students four years: an interview coming in, the sophomore conversation and then a senior exit interview. A summary is created for the President of the school.
- Their Service is the best I've seen: extensive, consistent, strongly tied in to Theology classes, prayer, Scripture and sacraments. The Christian Action Teams, CAT, are numerous and engaged in activities based on the MT 25/the works of mercy: they feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty (
Labre Homeless Ministry, Canned food Drive, Mission Collection Team), visit and pray for the sick (St. Augustine visits, Friends of L'Arche, Gonzaga Prayer Ministry), they even bury the dead (St Joseph of Arimethea Pallbearers Society). Their Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership has three adults and three Jesuit volunteers full time guiding a very extensive program of serving the poor and needy of the neighborhood around the school that has to be seen to be believed. I was amazed at all they do, at how many students are involved, at how many different faculty from different departments moderate.
- The Labre Homeless Ministry deserves special mention. Every Sunday evening, every Sunda of the year, this group of students/faculty go out and serve the homeless of Celeveland. Click here for some alumni responses about what this program meant to them. Click
Labre Homeless Ministry for a segment on this program from the streaming video IgnatianProject: Understanding Ignatian Spirituality .
- Their freshman counselors meet with freshmen once a week to help during the entire first year in their Freshman Seminar, talking about transition, organization, study, peer pressure, and more They have 12 full time counselors: seven who work with underclassmen and five college counselors. They have a full time Dean of Freshmen, Mr. Rory Hennessey.
- Fr. Jim Lewis, S.J. leads their Spirituality Program for Adults. He has two ladies working with him, an office suite and offers programs for any adults at St. Igantius, faculty, parents, alumni.
- St. Ignaius has three full time faculty in their Campus Ministry Office. Fr. Bob Welch, S.J. helps a lot, working with students and with sacraments... This office has four areas of concern: retreats, liturgy and prayer, pastoral care, mission trips/social justice. Their pastoral care is greatly enhanced by the spiritual direction provided by Fr. Welch, Fr. Frank Canfield, S.J. and Sharon Bramante, who meet with student prayer groups and direct students in individual prayer and spiritual growth. They offer a wide and varied selection of retreats to juniors and seniors. They also offer five or six Mission Trips a year, in places as near as Cleveland and as far away as Peru; some of these are in association with other groups, e.g. Bordelinks/California Jesuits, Kino Border Initiative and Creighton University.
- St. Ignatius offers a good variety of retreats for juniors and seniors. Juniors are required to go on an overnight retreat. It could be a Kairos, or one of three other retreats-- or a parish sponsored TEC. During senior year, retreat options include an Outdoor Experience Retreat, a Movie Retreat, a Hiking Retreat, a Cycling Retreat, a Magis Retreat, a Society of Jesus Retreat, even a Genesee Retreat at a Trappist monastery.
- All sophomore are required to take a Sophomore Service class during either the first or second semester. One day a week, during school time, each sophomore works at a service site. They have one other class during this semester and for reading, discussion and prayer. Mike McLaughlin is in charge of this program.
- Their Theology Department offers a set of electives over a two years span for juniors and seniors mixed in class. First semester junior/senior year are semester courses; second semester they offer quarter courses.
My schedule at St. Ignatius
Tuesday, April 21
8 am Dan Baron Freshman Theology, former campus minister
9 am Fr. Frank Canfield, S.J. Student Chaplain
9:40 Jim Skerl Jr/Sr Theology and Christian Action Team. Jim teaches a semester course "Christian Manhood" and quarter courses on "Jesus" and on "Death and Resurrection". He has a great site "Inspiring Stories".
10:45 visited Arrupe House and arranged a visit with Tim Grady, Director.
11:30 Milena Steem, St. Ignatius Library.
noon Jim Brennan, Theology Department Chair, teaches a semester Jr/Sr course Catholic Social Teaching and quarter courses on Mary and on the Sacraments.
1:30 Mike McLaughlin, Sophomore Service Director and Varsity soccer coach.
2:30 met with Tim Grady at Arrupe House.
5 mass with the Jesuit community and dinner.
Wednesday, April 22
7:20 St. Ignatius Wednesday community Eucharist
9:40 Theology Department Meeting, every Wednesday, third period, was cancelled. I met with Mike Tracy of Campus Ministry.
10:25 Drew Valinsky, Theology teacher and Yearbook moderator.
11:15 met briefly with Theology teacher Dan Baron, Theology teacher Gail Scaravelli, Theology teacher Jim Skerl and Latin teacher Fr. Ken Styyles, S.J.
12:40 meet with Marty Dybicz, Theology teacher, and past yearbook moderator. Marty teaches a first semester course in Freshman Theology, then a third quarter course Catholic Critical Thinking and a fourth quarter course in Catholic Sexuality.
1:25 meet with Mike Strauss, director of the Canned Food Drive
2 met with Fr. Jim Lewis, S.J. about the Spirituality Program for Adults. During this time I had brief meetings with Tim Evans, head of CSPJ, Joe Buzzeli, unofficial social chair, and Carolyn Kovach, Communications Director. Fr. Lewis then took me to the SPA Offices where I met Janet Lahane and Mary Anne Gauntner.
4 met with Carolyn Kovach about media and photography at St. Ignatius.
4:30 met with Rory Hennessey, present Dean of Freshmen, most recently Vice-President of Ignatian Mission.
5:30 Happy hour and dinner with the Jesuit community.
I was able to to stay with the Jesuit Community on Tuesday and Wednesday. Staying in the Jesuit Community on these sabbatical trips has been a highlight for me.