CHRISTMAS IN THE HALLS 2014
Help JRJI provide a special Christmas dinner for the youth at Sylmar juvenile hall on December 13th! Click the link below to learn more about how you can help.
JRJI'S FIRST-EVER RETREAT IN PACIFIC, MISSOURI!
On Saturday, October 25th, Jesuit Scholastics Zach Presutti, SJ and Bryce Deline, SJ hosted the first- ever JRJI retreat outside of California at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, MO.
The theme for this retreat focused on the self and it began with an activity from Robin Casarjian's Houses of Healing: "Who am I, really?" Other components of this retreat included a guided meditation led by the facilitators, a scripture reading from Luke when Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do people say that I am” (Luke 9:18), small and large group sharing and discussions, and an invitation to reflect and prepare for the second part of the retreat, which is later this month.
Here are a few words from the retreat facilitators:
"It is good for me to be in close proximity to those who are incarcerated. It continues to help me grow in my awareness of God’s active creation of world through the human desire for personal redemption. - Zach Presutti, SJ
"It takes me a long time to process experiences like these - there is so much depth! Like Zach, I love visiting with those incarcerated: God’s laboring among them is always so clear to me. I count it as a privilege to be among them, and even further, a privilege that they allow me to accompany them through an experience like this. On the evaluation form, one of them wrote: 'This is the first time I can speak from my heart and feel unjudged. Thank you and God bless.' Wow. I’m really looking forward to going back!" - Bryce Deline, SJ
(Read more about the retreat experience on our Facebook page.)
Zach Presutti, SJ worked with JRJI this past summer and joined the team on several JRJI retreats across California, including Pelican Bay State Prison in mid-July. Bryce Deline, SJ, who worked with JRJI in the summer of 2012, also visited several California state prisons and facilitated Ignatian retreats with the JRJI team. The next retreat at MECC is scheduled for November 22nd.
November 11: Retreat at Corcoran State Prison
November 17: Retreat at Ironwood State Prison
November 20: Retreat at Kern Valley State Prison
November 22: Retreat at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center
November 25: Retreat at Calipatria State Prison
November 27: Thanksgiving Holiday
Mike Kennedy, SJ: Healing Broken Relationships
filmed by The IN Network (2012)