I have always enjoyed having Lent begin in the middle of winter. It just feels appropriate that, as winter winds down and approaches spring, Lent paves the road to Easter. The beginning of Lent this year was cold and quiet for us here at the Center. Snow blanketed the open...Read More
The Ignite Internship is a year-long ministerial immersion experience. Members of the Ignite Internship live in community on the grounds of the Center for the year in our historic Rock House. Through their work as members of the Youth Ministry team, they help provide around 75 retreats for over 6,000 students. During the course of the program, interns are given the opportunity to discern committing to a second year. In addition to professional development, interns also receive spiritual formation in the Ignatian Tradition.
During the internship program, participants live in the historic Rock House on the grounds of the Jesuit Spiritual Center. Built in the late 1800s, the house was bought by the Jesuits in 1927 and used to host retreat groups, including young men from Xavier College in Cincinnati. Since that time, it has also been home to Jesuit novices, priests, and lay ministers. The house was recently renovated in 2017 to prepare for the next generation of guests.
Each intern has their own private room, and use of the various common spaces on the first and third floors, which included a large dining room, living room, library, solarium, and kitchen. The third floor contains various study rooms, an office space, and a music rehearsal room.
In addition to housing, Interns receive a community food stipend to cover all meals, a personal monthly stipend, and health insurance.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact one of our team members:
Director of Youth Ministry
JP de Legarreta
Associate Director of Youth Ministry
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Throughout the year, Ignite Interns share their experiences and reflections with our community on our blog and social media. We’d love for you to join them in this amazing journey!
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51 A friend of mine is a teacher, in training to become a hospital chaplain. As I asked him about his inspiration for the life change, he told me: “I needed a way to train my...Read More
Back in the early 2000s, I remember watching a commercial for the US Navy which began with the actor Keith David saying “If someone wrote a book about your life, would anyone want to read it?” While I have dear friends who chose to enter the military as part of...Read More
Every day I try to go for a walk throughout the grounds of the retreat center while listening to various podcasts. I am currently a fan of Brené Brown’s Unlocking Us, The Argument by the New York Times, and The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos… among others. During this...Read More