Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
Spirituality Tuesday Assembly: Ignatian Spirituality and the Founding of the Jesuits
with Father Robert Izzo, S.J.
While recuperating from a grave wound, Ignatius Loyola experienced a religious conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the Saints made Ignatius happy and created a desire to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him. This desire lead him to a deep spirituality, insights and prayers. He wrote one of the most influential books on spiritual life ever written. How did Saint Ignatius, in his own life, come to develop his unique method of spirituality which we now call “Ignatian” Spirituality or “Jesuit” Spirituality? With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. Ignatius conceived the Jesuits as “contemplatives in action.” Another wonderful opportunity to expand our own spirituality! Please join us!
Many of you may know Father Izzo from the 8:45 am Merton Mass group at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Before joining the Jesuits in 1971 Father Izzo first worked in medical radiation engineering, then in systems marketing for IBM, and as a professional fine art photographer. He has a B.S. in Physics, an M.B.A. in applied math, an M.F.A. in filmmaking and screenwriting, and a M.Div. in
Christology and Atheism studies. He also did a post-grad year in quantitative ecology, at the University of Washington, and a year of spirituality studies at the Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Pymble, Australia.
Over the years he has published articles in areas of international justice; but he is also interested in spirituality, environmental studies, the arts, and the relation between religion and science. Fr. Jack is an outdoors person, and likes ocean kayaking, fishing, hiking and climbing. He has also maintained his interest in outdoor photography, and is an associate of Oceans Studio in Half Moon Bay, CA.
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. St. Albert the Great Hospitality Center