Manresa Centre of Spirituality has a full programme on offer in the coming weeks. One highlight is Brendan Comerford SJ’s course Insights from the Mystics, which will introduce the thoughts and spirituality of some central figures in the history of Christian mysticism. It begins on Wednesday 21 April and continues weekly for seven weeks. Also prominent in the schedule is Time-out Together for Married Couples, a day of reflection during which married couples can explore, in a quiet, prayerful and confidential setting, their marriage as a sacred journey. The day will be led by Aidan and Jo O’Keefe and by Fr. Myles O’Reilly SJ. Pictured are Paddy Carberry SJ, Manresa director, and Cormac McConnell, project manager, examining the schedule. For more events, read below.
Three-Day Retreat for Lay People: This retreat, which will be led by Fr. Barney McGuckian, S.J., Ms. Mary Hunt and Ms. Noreen Mackey, will commence on the evening of Thursday, 12 August, and continue until lunchtime on the following Sunday (15 August). As always in our retreats, there will be time for quiet prayer and personal reflection, as well as the opportunity for a personal meeting with a spiritual guide.
Manresa Graduates’ Seminar 2010: Finding God, Finding Self – Spiritual direction and counselling: different yet complementary? Saturday, 8 May (10.00am – 4.30pm). People sometimes wonder what is the difference between spiritual direction and counselling. Are their methodologies distinct? Have they different goals and objectives? Is it the context that makes the difference? Can they complement each other? Fr. Mike Drennan, S.J., who works as a counsellor and as spiritual director, will explore these and other issues regarding the relationship of spiritual direction and counselling through a combination of input, discussion and case studies. This one-day seminar is specifically designed for the support and further training of those who have completed the Manresa Spiritual Director’s programme
Practicum in Retreat Direction 2010/2011. Starting in September 2010, this programme will be offered to those who have successfully completed the two-year Course in Spiritual Direction and will offer further training specifically in directing retreats. Participants will have a personal mentor for the year, and will direct several retreats of different kinds, under supervision. Some guided reading will be required, and for those who have not made the full Spiritual Exercises, an opportunity will be offered of making them in the form of the Exercises in Daily Life (EDL).