PAST EVENT A Day of Refreshment for People Living and Working in Tower Hamlets, with Brian Purfield and Fr Damian Howard SJ
“The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Frederick Buechner SJ
REST Life and work in this part of London can be energising, vibrant and meaningful. It can also be busy, tiring and stressful. This urban retreat day is an opportunity to pause before the summer, reflect and review. We hope you will leave refreshed, with a deeper awareness of self and a clearer insight into where God’s Spirit is at work in your life.
RE-CONNECT Ignatian spirituality is a way of developing our relationship with God, a personal route into prayer, an approach to making decisions, and a practical guide to everyday life. Ignatian spirituality sees God as actively involved in the world and intimately involved with us in every moment and place. It seeks to be person-based and community oriented, relevant to people of all denominations.
RENEW This event will use inspiration from St Francis and Pope Francis (as champions for social justice); exercises from St Ignatius of Loyola to help with stillness; and a guided, reflective walk. You will be offered spaces for quiet, time for personal prayer, opportunities for helpful conversations and the offer of spiritual accompaniment with a trained prayer guide.
Brian Purfield works at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team leading work in adult faith formation and helps with programmes in the Dioceses of Westminster and Northampton. He is a visiting lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London and on the Foundation Degree for Pastoral Mission Programme. He taught previously at Campion House, Osterley, and at the International Franciscan Study Centre, Canterbury. Brian studied theology at the Gregorian University, Rome and at St. Bonaventure’s University, New York.
Fr Damian Howard SJ is Lecturer in Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, with a particular interest in the relationship between Christians and Muslims. He has a long-standing interest in questions of the confrontation between modernity and religions, political philosophy, Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit mission. Damian is Superior of a community of young Jesuits from all over the world who live at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre and are preparing for the priesthood.
This event took place on Saturday 27th July 2013