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Ignatian Formation

The role of Jesuit High School's Ignatian Formation Office is to provide resources and offerings for the development of Ignatian Spirituality in parents, alumni, faculty and staff. Each year there are a variety of workshops, lectures, presentations, retreats, and prayer experiences that we offer.

First Exercises Lenten Retreat:

MARCH 7, 21 & APRIL 4 | Canisius Chapel, Jesuit High School | 7-9 PM

Journey with fellow Jesuit community members through guided prayer & reflection this Lenten season.

Join Jesuit High School’s newest tertian Father Cy Whitaker, S.J. and Ignatian Formation Director Greg Allen as they lead you through prayer founded on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Please call to register for this free series: (503) 291-5493

2017 Ignatian Prayer Experience:

Thurs March 2 ▪ Wed March 8 ▪ Wed March 15 ▪ Wed March 22, 2017 | 7:00 to 8:30 PM

  • How’s your prayer life?
  • Do you wish to have a deeper relationship with God?
  • Would you like to learn to pray more deeply and meaningfully?

Join experienced prayer companions from Portland’s Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) retreat for a 4-week Prayer Experience. You will learn prayer practices taught by St. Ignatius, including the Examen of Consciousness, praying with Scripture, imaginative prayer and repetition in prayer. Prayer is an important part of our Catholic faith and you will be moved by the richness of our prayer traditions. Come deepen your relationship with God!

No Registration required. Please join us!

Pub Theology Sessions:

Pub Theology Nights are relaxed informative evenings where various guest speakers present on a variety of theological and spiritual topics, always leaving room for questions and discussion at the end. All of our Pub Theology talks begin at 7 pm and they are held at the Old Market Pub & Brewery in SW Portland with the exception of our first talk on Monday, October 10th, which will be located at the Lucky Lab Public House in Multnomah Village.

2016-2017 Dates & Topics:

  • Monday, October 10
    • Fr. Pat Conroy, S.J., Chaplain to House of Representatives
    • The 2016 Presidential Election From an Ignatian Perspective
    • NOTE: Location is at Lucky Lab Public House
  • Tuesday, November 1
    • Tom Arndorfer, Jesuit’s new president
    • His Vision for Our School
  • Monday, January 23
    • Bill Zuelke, Spiritual Director
    • Discernment of Spirits: The Art of Following Jesus in daily life
  • Monday, February 6
    • Melissa Lowery, Jesuit's Diversity Director
    • Viewing and discussion of her documentary "Black Girl in Suburbia"
  • Monday, March 6
    • Melissa Lowery, JHS Diversity Director, and Khalid Maxie, JHS Dean of Students
    • Courageous Conversations Around Race
  • Monday, April 24
    • Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, Abbot of Mt. Angel Benedictine Abbey
    • Resurrection Theology: Experiences, Stories & Belief

Drenched in Holiness: Prayer for a New Year

Dear God,
On this day I ask You to grant this request?
May I know who I am and what I am,
Every moment of every day.
May I be a catalyst for light and love,
And bring inspiration to those whose eyes I meet.
May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict,
And the courage to speak my voice, even when I'm scared.
May I have the humility to follow my heart,
And the passion to live my soul's desires.
May I seek to know the highest truth
And dismiss the gravitational pull of my lower self.
May I embrace and love the totality of myself?
My darkness as well as my light.
May I be brave enough to hear my heart?
To let it soften so that I may gracefully
Choose faith over fear.
Today is my day to surrender anything that stands
Between the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.
May I be drenched in my Holiness
And engulfed by Your love.
May all else melt away.
And so it is.
-Debbie Ford

Parent & Alumni Retreat

This year’s Parent & Alumni Retreat will be back at St. Benedict’s Lodge in McKenzie Bridge, OR from June 23rd through June 25th (Friday to Sunday). Please join us for Spiritual Enrichment, good food, and relaxing natural settings. There will be plenty of outdoor activity opportunities from golf to hiking to river rafting to dozing in the sun on the expansive deck overlooking the McKenzie River.

For information and registration, please contact Ignatian Formation Director Greg Allen at 503-291-5493 or gallen@jesuitmail.org.

Spiritual Reading Book Group

The Ignatian Formation Program offers a monthly Spiritual Book Group to read and reflect on rich and engaging books which feed the soul. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month. Currently, we are just finishing Fr. Greg Boyle’s book Tattoos On The Heart this December and deciding on our next book.

We meet the first Wednesday of every month from 7-8 pm in the Canisius Chapel Foyer in the DeSmet Business Center at Jesuit.

To participate or for more information, please call Greg Allen, Jesuit High’s Ignatian Formation Director, at 503-291-5493 or email him at gallen@jesuitmail.org.

Service Opportunities:

Jesuit High and Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest are excited to begin our second year of offering Jesuit alumni and alumni parents a unique opportunity to serve the greater good of our local communities through service with others. At Jesuit High, we have witnessed the dedication and tremendous capacity of students and parents who have contributed to quality education at our school. We know that many of you desire to continue this tradition in ways that uplift our entire community. Please read further to learn how you can find out more about this special opportunity that would support your calling!

Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps) is now accepting applications for 2017-18! JV EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates transformative opportunities for intentional service, community and spiritual formation for older adults committed to social and ecological justice. During their ten months of part-time volunteer service, participants ages 45 and older meet together regularly in community to deepen their spirituality and explore the values of simple living and social & ecological justice.

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Canisius Chapel.

For more information and applications please contact Greg Allen, Ignatian Formation Director, at gallen@jesuitportland.org or call 503-291-5493.

St. Andre Faculty Service

JHS faculty (and family) serve at the St. Andre Catholic Church's Friday hospitality evenings twice per semester. The afternoon/evening is made up of two shifts. The first shift is meal preparation (3:30-5:30 pm) and second shift hospitality/serving the meal (6-8:30 pm). Family members are welcome.

If you're interested in serving, please contact Scott Powers at spowers@jesuitportland.org.

Faculty/Staff Ignatian Luncheon Book Group

This year we will be reading and discussing THE COURAGE TO TEACH: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer. In it, Palmer invites teachers to journey inward to reconnect w their vocation as a teacher and with their students, to recover their passion for a very difficult and important human endeavor – teaching our young toward more truthful ways of seeing and being in the world. “How can schools perform their mission without encouraging the guides to scout out that inner terrain?”

Dr. Palmer is a senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute.

We meet once a month during both lunches in the Bachhuber Conference Room on a Wednesday. Here is the schedule of readings and dates for the remainder of 2016-17:

  • January 4: Chapter 3 – The Hidden Wholeness: Paradox in Teaching & Learning p.61-87
  • February 1: Chapter 4 – Knowing in Community: Joined by the Grace of Great Things p.89-113
  • March 1: Chapter 5 – Teaching in Community: A subject-Centered Education p.115-140
  • May 3: Chapter 6 – Learning in Community: The Conversation of Colleagues p.141-161

This last chapter is one you can enjoy on your own as you move into summer: Chapter 7 – Divided No More: Teaching from a Heart of Hope p.163-183


Contact Information:

Gregory D. Allen
Ignatian Formation Director
Jesuit High School
9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
Portland, OR 97225
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