Province Socius Fr Robin Koning joined the Jesuit College of Spirituality CEO Deborah Kent for the blessing and opening of their new Parkville premises on 6 March.Representing the Provincial at the opening, Fr Koning said the Jesuit General Congregation last October emphasised the importance of renewing the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises, as a way of overcoming the ‘deep spiritual roots’ of the crises affecting humanity.
He quoted from the General Congregation, saying that the heart of Ignatian Spirituality is ‘the transforming encounter with the mercy of God in Christ that moves us to a generous personal response’.
‘Filled with the fire of Christ’s mercy, we can enflame those we meet. This foundational experience of God’s mercy is the source of our “apostolic audacity”.’
The move to Faber House in Parkville will allow the Jesuit College of Spirituality to have a closer relationship to the Faber Jesuit community, and the wider Jesuit intellectual apostolate, through those academics associated with Jesuit Theological College and Newman College. It also connects it more closely with the Dalton-McCaughey Library, and the three other colleges of the University of Divinity.
‘The Provincial’s hope is that this new venue, with all its possibilities, will enhance the contribution of Jesuit College of Spirituality to the Province’s mission in the area of Ignatian Spirituality, which GC36 calls the “special gift Jesuits and the Ignatian family have to offer the Church and her mission of evangelisation”’, said Fr Koning.
Also among those present were Province Delegate for Ignatian Formation Fr Chris Gleeson SJ, JCS board chair Mr Peter Johnstone OAM, and the Vice-Superior of the Faber House Community Fr Dinh Trung Hoa.
The Jesuit College of Spirituality has a number of courses available, including a special series ‘The Spirit of Future Leadership’, for senior leaders of faith-based organisations.
For more information, go to http://jcs.edu.au/.