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Past Events

March 13, 2017
Re-Calibrating Our Lives: Making God our Center, Becky Eldredge (author, Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace)
Sometimes our lives require re-calibration.  On the more rare occasion, our lives might need a hard re-set.  But how do we know when its time to re-calibrate?  Where do we turn for help in making these adjustments?   What tools will aid us in aligning our lives around God?  Becky shared the wisdom of Ignatian discernment and prayer at Sheffield’s Chicago.
Becky also shared her insights in a Facebook Live event with the Midwest Jesuits.  Check it out here.
March 11, 2017
Morning of Reflection: Encountering God in the Busyness, Becky Eldredge

Becky invites us to reflect on how we encounter God in the busyness of our daily lives, through the people we meet and experiences we have.  The group gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus for a morning of prayer and reflection.

January 23, 2017
How to make meaningful connections in a digital age, Michael Rossmann, SJ (Editor, The Jesuit Post)

Smartphones are supposedly ruining our lives and making us incapable of having real conversations. But phones, like other modern means of communication, are tools. We can surely misuse them, but we can also use them to create meaningful connection. 

Michael also shared his thoughts on the topic in a Facebook Live event on the Midwest Jesuits’ Facebook page.  Check it out here.

November 15, 2016
Networking Event and Service Fair

Young professionals gathered at 1871 Chicago for a happy hour and conversations about volunteer opportunities.  Representatives from organizations included: Mercy Home, Cristo Rey/Christ the King, Catholic Charities, Big Shoulders Fund, The Carole Robertson Chicago, Tutoring Chicago, Lincoln Park Conservancy, High Sight, and One Tail at a Time.

October 23, 2016
Jesuit Connections Inaugural Chicago Area Mass and Reception

Over 150 Jesuit alumni, family, and friends gathered for our first annual Chicago Mass and Reception at Holy Family Church.  Masses were held in Chicago and in thirteen cities on the East Coast.  For more information about Masses in other cities, click here.

September 28, 2016
Faith in Action: two sides of the same coin, Fr. Dave Mastrangelo, SJ (Director of Mission and Identity, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep)

Fr. Dave invites us to consider how we put our faith into action, and how we can use our God-given gifts to better the world.  A great group gathered at Bottom Lounge to share their ideas and get to know others who are seeking to work for a more just world.

May 3, 2016
Faith & Justice: a Jesuit perspective on immigration, Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ (Director, Kino Border Initiative)

Fr. Sean invites us to ask the questions: Why should Catholics care about immigration?  What can you do to help?  Find out more about Fr. Sean’s organization, Kino Border Initiative.  Wondering what you can do locally?  Check out this list of organizations serving immigrants and refugees in the Chicago area.

Missed the talk?  Watch the video online.

March 7, 2016
Faith@Work: a Jesuit perspective on exploring the intersection of your faith and work life, Fr. Pat McGrath, SJ (President, Loyola Academy)

“Your work, what you do, whether you believe it or not, is holy work.  And you’re saying, ‘Yeah, you should see what I do!’ But the point is where you are in your life is the intersection of God in this world. You: that’s where the Church is at that moment. Work is one of the ways you become the person God created you to be. The intersection of faith and work is you.” -Fr. Pat McGrath, SJ, Jesuit Connections, March 7, 2016

Read more about Fr. Pat’s talk here.  Or watch the video of the whole talk.

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