In the Steps of Ignatius: Ignatian Spirituality for Men

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Please join us for any or all of the programs in this series!

This year’s series is comprised of three offerings for men unified by the common theme of KINSHIP or companionship with people who may be very different from many of us. This is an opportunity to discern with whom we are called to be in closer relationship and how we might take further steps from separation to solidarity with those most in needThe series is facilitated by Vince Herberholt, ISC Board Member and Men’s Series facilitator since 2012 .

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Event III

Barking to the Choir: An Ignatian Book Group

with a special Men’s small group

5 Tuesdays, April 2-30 , 2019

7:00 - 8:45 pm

St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

Register by Tuesday, March 2, 2019 

about this 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 us 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.

Facilitated by Kelly Hickman; and Curtis Leighton, who will lead a breakout small group for men if there is enough interest. 

This book group will culminate in a dinner and attendance at Greg Boyle’s lecture on “Spiritual Practices & Work on the Margins” at Seattle University on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Visit Seattle University’s Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture online for more details. 



Standard fee $55 (book included).

Reduced fee $40 (bring your own book).

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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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 

Event II

Islamic and Ignatian Spirituality: An Interfaith Dialogue

Saturday, February 23, 2019

8:30 am Social I 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Program

St. Joseph Parish Center

Imam Adam Jamal and Tim Malone, presenters

Vince Herberholt, facilitator

about this program

Our Muslim neighbors are challenged by misunderstanding of Islam and people bearing false witness about them. We may know a little bit about Islam, another Abrahamic faith tradition, but how much do we know about the spirituality undergirding Islam? And how does it compare with Ignatian spirituality? Join Imam Adam Jamal (Assistant Imam at Muslim Association of Puget Sound) and Tim Malone (SEEL spiritual director & interfaith retreat leader) to explore the Islamic and Ignatian spiritual traditions, hopefully bringing us to a deeper kinship with one another.    

 This interactive morning will include prayer, presentations, Q&A, personal and small group reflection, and large group conversation.


Free will offering. Donations will be accepted.

About the presenters


Adam Jamal was born and raised in Houston, TX. He has been studying the Quran, Islam and Arabic for nearly 15 years. He has a degree in Islamic Studies from IESH in France and a Master’s in Education from the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He headed the Bayyinah Dream program in Dallas, TX for 3 years. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Education and Assistant Imam at MAPS. He enjoys teaching, technology, traveling, and most of all learning from everyone he meets.

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Tim Malone is a spiritual director, mindfulness coach and retreat leader. For over 25 years Tim has studied and practiced various styles of contemplative prayer gleaned from monasteries across the world. As co-director of the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle he coordinated prayer experiences on discerning the call to balance time for being with inspired action for others. For more than 16 years Tim has facilitated the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with SEEL and Seattle University.  Tim is author of the book, Beyond Wifi: Finding our Deeper Connection, 8 Ways to Be Refreshed Now, as well as a CD of original inspirational songs, "Tim Malone & Soul Fam."  


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

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

Past programs

Event I

A Catastrophe of Grace: Living out authentic kinship with those in need

A Lunch Conversation with Fr. Gary Smith, S.J.

SATURDAY, November 3, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 pM Lunch

St. joseph parish center, seattle

About this program

Join other men for this lunch conversation with Fr. Gary Smith, SJ, a Jesuit who has spent his life in service to people on the margins of society in North America and to refugees in Africa. Explore in more depth how an Ignatian lens can help you to discern with whom you are called to be in closer relationship and how you might take further steps from separation to solidarity with those most in need. This follows a Morning of Reflection with Gary Smith, SJ for men and women from 9:30 am to 11:30 am that day. 


Free will offering. Donations will be accepted.    

about the presenter

Gary Smith, SJ, has been a member of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus since 1959, and has spent his ministerial life in service to people in poverty and on the margins of society.  His pastoral work in North America has included ministering with inmates in Toronto, working as a community organizer in Oakland, directing a drop-in center in Tacoma, and doing street ministry for eight years in the Old Town section of Portland, Oregon.  Fr. Smith kept a journal of his ministry experiences with the residents of Old Town, which was published as Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor. In 2000, he began to work with Sudanese refugees in Uganda as part of Jesuit Refugee Service, and continued to work with refugees in East and southern Africa and in Greece for six years. Again, Smith kept a journal and published his African experiences in They Come Back Singing: Finding God with the Refugees. He currently lives in Portland, continuing to minister to the incarcerated and people facing homelessness and addiction.