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Apostleship of Prayer’s Jesuits Setting ‘Hearts on Fire’ with Retreats

JesMissBand2Hearts on Fire, a Catholic young adult retreat program, is storming cities across the Northwest this summer.

No, “this is not the world’s most perfectly cut diamond,” joked Jesuit Father Phil Hurley, referring to a popular line of engagement rings. The priest is the national youth and young adult director of the Apostleship of Prayer, a Jesuit association leading the Hearts on Fire retreats.

The retreats are for young adults ages 18-39, married or single, based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius and the spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer.

“It’s a crucial time for people in their lives,” Fr. Hurley told Catholic News Service, “they are at a place in their life that they can make decisions soon and take action on it right away and make a big difference.”

Hurley explained that the retreat is focused on trying to connect faith to everyday life. Participants learn about the Apostleship of Prayer’s idea of making a morning offering, living the Eucharist throughout the day and ending the day with an evening review.

The retreat also leaves time for young adults to socialize with one another during meal times and a coffeehouse social.

Read more about the Hearts on Fire Retreats at Catholic News Service and find out if the retreats are coming to your city by visiting apostleshipofprayer.org/heartsonfire.html.

Apostleship of Prayer's Jesuits Setting 'Hearts on Fire' with Retreats

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Hearts on Fire, a Catholic young adult retreat program, is storming cities across the Northeast this summer.

No, “this is not the world’s most perfectly cut diamond,” joked Jesuit Father Phil Hurley, referring to a popular line of engagement rings. The priest is the national youth and young adult director of the Apostleship of Prayer, a Jesuit association leading the Hearts on Fire retreats.

The retreats are for young adults ages 18-39, married or single, based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius and the spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer.

“It’s a crucial time for people in their lives,” Fr. Hurley told Catholic News Service, “they are at a place in their life that they can make decisions soon and take action on it right away and make a big difference.”

Hurley explained that the retreat is focused on trying to connect faith to everyday life. Participants learn about the Apostleship of Prayer’s idea of making a morning offering, living the Eucharist throughout the day and ending the day with an evening review.

The retreat also leaves time for young adults to socialize with one another during meal times and a coffeehouse social.

Read more about the Hearts on Fire Retreats at Catholic News Service and find out if the retreats are coming to your city by visiting apostleshipofprayer.org/heartsonfire.html.

Jesuit Takes “Leap of Faith” with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights

golden_knights_1Jesuit Father Daniel Gatti, the alumni chaplain for Fordham University, recently had the opportunity to go skydiving with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team in New Jersey. He shared the story and photos of his “leap of faith” with Fordham Notes, a news blog from Fordham University’s News and Media Relations Office.

From my perspective as a Jesuit, I somewhat jokingly call my tandem jump a “leap of faith.” And so it was. Not, however, in the theological sense of a movement to belief in God, but in the basic sense of trust; trust in the U.S. Army, its plane, its equipment and its personnel; trust that all elements would work together for a successful jump!golden_knights_3

How did I feel about doing this? I felt euphoric, extremely happy to be able to do something exciting I had never done before. Once in the plane and ascending to 13,000 feet, I had the sense that “this is it; the time has arrived; no thought of changing my mind now.” I had willingly boarded this plane; I will willingly tandem jump from this plane and “return to earth.”

To see all the photos and read the full post, visit the Fordham Notes newsblog.

Jesuit Takes "Leap of Faith" with the U.S. Army's Golden Knights

golden_knights_1Jesuit Father Daniel Gatti, the alumni chaplain for Fordham University, recently had the opportunity to go skydiving with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team in New Jersey. He shared the story and photos of his “leap of faith” with Fordham Notes, a news blog from Fordham University’s News and Media Relations Office.

From my perspective as a Jesuit, I somewhat jokingly call my tandem jump a “leap of faith.” And so it was. Not, however, in the theological sense of a movement to belief in God, but in the basic sense of trust; trust in the U.S. Army, its plane, its equipment and its personnel; trust that all elements would work together for a successful jump!golden_knights_3

How did I feel about doing this? I felt euphoric, extremely happy to be able to do something exciting I had never done before. Once in the plane and ascending to 13,000 feet, I had the sense that “this is it; the time has arrived; no thought of changing my mind now.” I had willingly boarded this plane; I will willingly tandem jump from this plane and “return to earth.”

To see all the photos and read the full post, visit the Fordham Notes newsblog.

The Jesuits Combat the Dominicans in the 2011 Clericus Cup Finale

Photo by Piotr Spalek, Centro Sportivo Italiano

Photo by Piotr Spalek, Centro Sportivo Italiano

The Pontifical Gregorian University’s soccer team has carried off the 2011 Clericus Cup. The Cup is a soccer tournament that takes place annually between the various pontifical universities of Rome. Comprised of seminarians, priests, and laity, the players are students in each of the pontifical universities.

For the fifth consecutive year, the tournament brought priests and seminarians from different congregations against each other.  The annual tournament is organized by the Centro Sportivo Italiano (CSI), not far from the Vatican.

The Jesuits easily beat Dominicans of the Angelicum 3 to 1.

Officially, the goal of the league is to “reinvigorate the tradition of sport in the Christian community.” In other words, to provide a venue for friendly athletic competition among the thousands of seminarians, representing nearly a hundred countries, who study in Rome. The league was started by the Cardinal Secretary of State of the Vatican, Tarcisio Bertone, who is an unapologetic soccer fan. The teams that regularly contend for the eight play-off spots are, on the field, fierce rivals.