Jesuits setting ‘Hearts on Fire’ across the South this Summer

The Apostleship of Prayer will offer its popular weekend retreats for young adults in several Southern states this summer.

The Hearts on Fire retreats are presented by teams of young Jesuits to groups of young adults, ages18-39, married or single.

Through talks, discussion, music, silence, prayer and worship, participants encounter the spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer and “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola,” the founder of the Jesuits. There also are opportunities for relaxation during meals and a coffeehouse social.

“Our participants are at a crucial point in their lives,” said retreat leader Jesuit Father Phil Hurley. “Decisions they make and act on now will make a great difference to the rest of their lives.”

The retreat presentations introduce St. Ignatius’ spiritual insights on topics such as discerning the will of God in one’s life.

“The retreat seeks to connect faith to everyday life,” Fr. Hurley said. “Participants learn about the Apostleship of Prayer’s practice of making a morning offering, living the Eucharist throughout the day and ending the day with an evening review.”

The 2012 summer retreats are scheduled for the following cities and dates: Dallas, June 22-23; San Antonio, June 29-30; Corpus Christi, Texas, July 6-7; New Orleans, July 13-14; Tampa, Fla., July 20-21; and Atlanta, July 27-28.

Last summer, the Hearts on Fire retreats were held in cities across the east coast. This year, two Canadian Jesuits are joining the team this summer in part to gain experience for beginning similar young adult retreats in Canada. They will begin that program in Fall 2012.

More information, comments from past participants, a video trailer and registration forms can be found at www.apostleshipofprayer.org/heartsonfire.

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