Week 1 -February 22: Alan Haras – Drawing Near through Silence – Alan holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from UDM, a certificate in Ignatian Spirituality and owns Hamsa Yoga Studio in downtown Lake Orion. Alan will present on how we can draw nearer to God in stillness, silence and simplicity this Lent through the practice of Christian meditation.
Week 2 -March 1: Ann Dillon – Drawing Near through the Word – Ann Dillon holds degrees in Education and Religious Studies. She co-leads the Seminar on Ignatian Spirituality and the Internship in Spiritual Companionship at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. Building on our knowledge and practice of Ignatian prayer from last year, Ann will help us to draw nearer to God in prayer through the technique of imaginative, contemplative prayer akin to “Lectio Divina,” a Latin term meaning “divine reading.” Ann Dillon was not able to join us, so Lisa Brown, our Director of Religious Education, presented a talk on Prayer.
Week 3 -March 8: Mary Gresens – Drawing Near in Mind, Body & Spirit – Mary Gresens worked for thirty years in the international automotive industry as an engineering and business executive, was named a top global female leader, and served on several corporate boards. She holds a DLS from Georgetown University and is a professor in the Jesuit World Learning Program. She is a First Degree Nia Black Belt teacher and a yoga instructor. Her talk will address the importance of balance in our relationship with God, ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Week 4 -March 15: Fr. Joe Dailey – Drawing Near through Art – The art of our churches and liturgy is not mere decoration, but an expression of our desire to find God in all things, to participate in God’s ongoing creation by creating new windows through which to see him. Bishop Robert Barron, citing theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, said that the “beautiful claims the viewer, changes him, and then sends him on mission.” Barron draws this pattern: first the beautiful (how wonderful!), then the good (I want to participate!) and finally the true (now I understand!). Fr. Joe will lead us in reflection with images and art, as well as reflection on the architecture of our House of the Church.
Watch the Video of Fr. Joe’s talk – CLICK HERE for the two-part playlist.