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Discernment Workshop with Jack Kennedy

Canisius College will be hosting a discernment workshop on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Christ the King Chapel. The workshop entitled Discernment for People of all Spiritual and Faith Journeys, will be presented by Jack Kennedy, M.Div, S.T.M.

Jack Kennedy is a highly-experienced spiritual director, supervisor and teacher. He is visiting Canisius College from Portland, Oregon, where for the last 15 years he has had a private practice in spiritual direction and supervision in the Ignatian tradition. He worked with a variety of people, from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps to those of different faith traditions. Very steeped in the Ignatian way of proceeding, he has 40 years of experience in facilitating key aspects of the Spiritual Exercises and discernment. A former Jesuit, Kennedy was the director of Loyola Retreat Center in Portland, Oregon. In addition to directing every kind of Ignatian retreat, Kennedy has been supervising spiritual directors, facilitating individual and group discernment processes, and teaching adult education in Ignatian discernment. He holds a degree in philosophy, and Master’s degrees in History, and theology (M.Div and S.T.M.).

Jack Kennedy is known for his lively workshops in which he typically engages participants in alternating processes of didactics, Ignatian prayer and discussion. We can expect a day that is very Ignatian in that it will integrate our faith, intellects and spiritualities.

Sponsored by the Buffalo Chapter of the Jesuit Collaborative, Canisius College & Campus Ministry, St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, St. Michael’s Parish and Canisius High School. The cost of the event is $10, payable at the door. Lunch will be served. Reserve your space by Saturday, October 20 by calling 716-759-6893 Ext. 175 or emailing

Submitted by Fr Tom Colgan, S.J., campus ministry

Catholic Studies Program and Office of Mission and Identity to Sponsor Panel Discussion on Catholicism and the 2012 Election

Several controversial ideas have recently collided at the intersection of American politics and Catholicism. Many questions concerning the roles of Catholic beliefs and teaching, religious freedom, and conscience in governmental policies and decision-making have come to the fore. These questions are magnified due to the coming election. Many believe that the “Catholic vote” – if one exists – could have a significant role in determining the winner.

To facilitate this conversation, the Catholic Studies Program at Canisius College and the Office of Mission and Identity is sponsoring a panel discussion on Catholic commitments and the 2012 Election entitled: “Catholic Faith, Catholic Vision, Catholic Vote?: The 2012 Election.”

This will take place on Monday, October 29, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in Grupp Fireside Lounge. Light refreshments will be provided.

Our panelists are Richard Bailey (History), Kathleen Delaney (Librarian and Archivist), Rev. Martin X. Moleski, SJ (Religious Studies), and Nancy Rourke (Religious Studies). Among the topics each will discuss are: the role of conscience in political discourse, the Church and the HHS mandate, and the Church’s relationship with unions.

Please consider joining us for what is sure to be a stimulating event with good discussion!

If you have any questions, please email Nancy Rourke  or Stephen Chanderbhan.

Submitted by Stephen Chanderbhan, assistant professor of philosophy