Courses offered, Fall 2013

Welcome back everyone!

We hope you have enjoyed some down time this summer and are looking for some spiritual food for the fall! The Centre has three to choose from: The Contemplative Retreat, Living the Discerning Life, and, Hearing God in Others (see descriptions in the three items below).

If you have any questions or if you would like to register for any course, please contact the Centre t 514-481-1064 or by email at


Contemplative Retreat in Daily Life

A contemplative program in everyday life for those who have a longing for a simpler and more direct union with God, having formerly meditated on scripture with satisfaction, but feel an increasing frustration and inability to go on doing so. The program involves following a detailed guidebook, giving an hour a day to contemplative meditation, and meeting with the director about once a week.
Fr. Carl Krull, S.J.
has been directing this type of contemplative meditation for many years in India. Suggested contribution: $100 for 20 sessions (no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds).

Living the Discerning Life

Ten Wednesday evenings beginning September 11 from 7 to 9 pm at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Montreal. This course explores St. Ignatius’ practical guidelines for the discernment of spirits, showing their profound insight into the human soul and the spiritual life. The second hour of each evening will be a guided discussion of ways in which this teaching has concrete application to our own daily lives.
Cost: $75 (book and study guide included). For further information: Call Louise Eberwein (514-825-5198).

Hearing God in Others: Listening Skills Course

A 6-session course designed to develop a spirituality of listening. Ideal for those involved in the pastoral care of the elderly, the sick and young adults. Basic skills for fostering communication in family relationships. The course uses a highly interactive, hands-on approach, with theoretical concepts applied through role play, prayerful reflection and other exercises.
Cathie Macaulay & Elizabeth Koessler Starting date: Sept. 10, 2013 Time: 7:30 pm Price: $120

The Magis and Calendar are ready!

Please look under Publications, to the left, for our latest edition of the Magis newsletter and our Calendar of Events for the 2013-2014 season.

The Centre will be closed for the summer although email and messages will be returned once a week.

Have a restful and blessed summer!

A Deepening Love Affair...

with Dr. Jane Marie Thibault

Based on her book of the same title, this seminar will speak to the mature soul, notwithstanding one’s age. Dr. Thibault will bring us to a deeper awareness of God’s presence throughout the various transitions we experience as we grow older. The ‘radical freedom of age’ can also have negative consequences: greed, mourning and an overall feeling of discontent. We will explore the inner work necessary for a healthy spirituality in later life, including the process of dedicated suffering, a practice recently fashioned by Dr. Thibault.
Jane Marie Thibault, a retired gerontologist and professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life and A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life. Thibault is co-author (with Richard Morgan) of No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia.

Poster of this event is available for your parish or community board in the left sidebar under Publications.
Friday, May 24, from 7 pm to 9 pm and
Saturday, May 25, from 9 am to 4 pm, followed by Mass.

Loyola High School
7272 Sherbrooke Street West, corner West Broadway.

Please bring a lunch. Coffee and snacks provided.

To register or for more information, please contact

The Ignatian Centre

When Helping You is Hurting Me...

ESCAPING THE MESSIAH TRAP with facilitator Cathie Macaulay

This workshop will explore seven common styles of being a “Messiah” and some of the ways in which we can become more aware of unhealthy patterns in our helping relationships. We will also look at healthy models of Christian service and leadership. In an interactive way, we will explore the balance in our own lives of service, increase our awareness about how we make decisions and how to find balance in our busy lives.

May 4, 2013
Time: 9 am - 3 pm
Place: The Ignatian Centre

Please contact the Centre at 514-481-1064, or at, for more information or to register.

Book and Yard Sale

May 10 and 11, 2013
As many of you know, our annual Book and Yard sale is a vital source of income to the Centre and a labor of love for the volunteers, who tirelessly sort through and organize the donations we receive.
Please consider donating gently used items, including clothing and house ware, small appliances and electronic items which are in working order, and of course, our pièce de résistance, BOOKS, to the Centre for our next sale.
Please note that items may be dropped off during regular office hours, Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm. Please contact the Centre at 514-481-1064, or at, if you need to make an appointment outside of these times.

Walking in the Desert...

...with facilitator: John Carey

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 9am - 3 pm

(Coffee and cookies included. Please bring a lunch)

New and experienced pray-ers may feel their prayer life is flat or “boring” at times. The saints often called this the “desert.” This feeling of God’s absence can be reflected in our workplace or through the crises in our Church and parishes or in family transitions. What do the mystics, both modern and traditional, have to tell us?
This workshop will tap into the traditional spiritual wisdom of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, including John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila as well as the experience of more contemporary writers.

To register or for more information, please contact the Ignatian Spirituality Centre at
514-481-1064 or

Institutions, please consider printing and posting the poster for this event, to be found under Publications in the sidebar, on your community bulletin board. Thank you!

Magis Newsletter is now available!

Click PUBLICATIONS on our sidebar, then MAGIS, then Winter 2013, to read the latest edition of our newsletter! Enjoy!