Praying the Spiritual Exercises
October 19-21, 2018
Just as I use art in my retreat presentations whenever possible, so I encourage people to try Ignatian contemplation—not thinking about an event in the life of Jesus, but imagining it with all one’s internal sense and entering into and taking part in the event. What is seen and experienced affects us much more deeply than what is merely heard and thought about, and so brings us to a deeper knowledge and love of the Lord.
Peter Fennessy, SJ
Peter Fennessy, SJ is a Jesuit priest from Boston, now a member of the Midwest Jesuit Province. He did most of his studies in the Boston area, but spent three years studying at Oxford University and three years teaching in Kingston, Jamaica. Fr. Fennessy has graduate degrees in Classics, Philosophy, and Theology from Boston College and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Ordained in 1970, he was involved in Campus Ministry at John Carroll University for 26 years, also serving as vice president for campus ministry and rector of the Jesuit community. After a sabbatical at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, where he took courses in theology and art, he joined the staff of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2001 where he currently gives both preached and individually-directed retreats. He appreciates the confluence of art and spirituality and utilizes art in his retreat presentations wherever possible.