The JCU Companions in Mission program is a series of two semester-long, cohort-based formation experiences for staff and faculty at John Carroll University. Part 1 or the program involves study of the Jesuit Catholic tradition of higher education and contemporary issues, an introduction to Ignatian spirituality and a day of retreat/reflection, a local service experience, and a practical application to one’s work. The Office of University Mission and Identity will sponsor and staff the program with the help of campus partners and content experts. The Program is open to faculty and staff who are nominated by their area vice president or dean and consists of the following components:
Study of the Jesuit Catholic Tradition of Higher Education:
The cohort will have five two-hour workshop sessions during which they discuss brief assigned readings and videos on the following topics:
- Ignatian spirituality, rooted in the life of Ignatius, with a focus on Ignatian discernment
- How the Jesuits became involved in education and Jesuit education today
- John Carroll University’s identity as (1) a university, (2) Catholic, (3) Jesuit, and (4) open to “people of all faiths and no faith”
- JCU’s identity (continued) and inclusive excellence
- Jesuit mission: promoting a faith that does justice
An Understanding and Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Participants will learn about the “Examen” and the JCU Framework for Ignatian Reflection and partake in a day of reflection off campus in which there is conversation about the Autobiography of St. Ignatius and short talks on the Spiritual Exercises to help guide their reading, reflection, and prayer.
Participants spend part of a day working with the poor and the marginalized in Cleveland, with whom we have established relationships. The day will conclude with a reflection. Participants can choose between one of two or three options, including the Jesuit Day of Service and Labre.
Participants will come to the final session prepared to share a one-page reflection about what they have learned and how it might inspire or inform the work they do and how they lead. They will identify their own areas of interest for further study and evaluate the program to improve it for the next cohort.
Program Outcomes–As a result of participating in this program, participants will:
- Deepen their existing knowledge and understanding of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education
- Articulate the distinctiveness of Jesuit education at John Carroll University
- Understand themselves as “companions in mission” who share responsibility for advancing the Jesuit mission of John Carroll
- Five mornings (fall cohorts) or afternoons (spring cohorts) for approximately two hours.
- One day of reflection (off campus)
- One service experience with those who are poor and marginalized in Cleveland
- One concluding meal after the last workshop
For more information, please contact Fr. Tom Pipp, S.J., Director of Ignatian Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-397-1594.
The Ignatian Colleagues Program is a national 18-month formation program for administrators and faculty in Jesuit higher education. Participants join a national cohort of 40-50 people and participate in a variety of face-to-face meetings, online education, a weeklong retreat, and an international immersion trip. As part of their capstone experience, they complete a mission project that is related to their work. Click here to learn more about the program
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