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Barking to the Choir

An ignatian Book Group

5 Tuesdays, April 2-30, 2019

7:00 - 8:45 pm

St. joseph parish center, Seattle

Kelly Hickman and Curtis Leighton, facilitators

about the program

"It would see that God created an ‘otherness’ so that we could find our way in mutuality to kinship. Margins manufactured by God, perhaps, so that we’d dedicate our lives to their erasure. We are charged not with obliterating our diversity and difference but instead with heightening our connection to one another."  - Barking to the Choir

Join facilitators Kelly Hickman (Missions Office, Archdiocese of Seattle), Curtis Leighton (Youth & Young Adult Ministry, St. James Cathedral) and others to pray, reflect and discuss through an Ignatian lens this book on the power of radical kinship by Fr. Greg Boyle SJ, author of Tattoos on the Heart and founder of Homeboy Industries. In a moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, Fr. Boyle shares what working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship. Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and re-convinces us all of our own goodness.

*This book group is being offered in anticipation of Fr. Greg Boyle's lecture on "Spiritual Practice and Work on the Margins" at Seattle University on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 pm. For more information on that lecture, visit Seattle University's Insitute for Catholic Thought and Culture online.



Standard rate: $55 (book included)

Reduced rate: $40 (bring your own book)

Young Adult Rates: $25 (bring your own book) or $40 (book included)

Partial work scholarships available.


If you would like to help subsidize the cost of participation for another person, we welcome your donation. Thank you for helping us to make it possible for all persons to participate in this program! 



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About the Facilitators

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Kelly Hickman is the Assistant Director of the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle, which is the local representative for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), and the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. She has been at the Archdiocese since 2011, where she and other staff support the Church’s social mission in western Washington State. Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry (‘10). Kelly is a native Seattleite and lives in a small house with her kitty, Leeloo.

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Curtis Leighton was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and was baptized at St. James Cathedral in 2001. He graduated with a BA in English and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and later went on to receive an MA in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. He has served as a college campus minister at Gonzaga University, a catechist for children and adults in Chicago and Spokane, and most recently as a theology teacher at Bishop Blanchet High School in north Seattle. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and Jesuit spirituality have put their mark on Curtis. In 2012, he completed a certification program as a spiritual director and since then he has enjoyed working with others to discern God’s presence and action in their lives. He is a lover of movies and books, and enjoys skiing, hiking and travelling. He also speaks Spanish.


Call (206) 329-4824 or email Andrea Fontana, ISC Program Coordinator. 

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center