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!


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! 

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.  

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

9/11 and events in recent years have changed the lives of our Muslim neighbors. 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.


Free will offering. Donations will be accepted.

Event III

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship

An Ignatian Book Group

5 Tuesdays, April 2-30 , 2019

7:00 - 8:45 pm

Location TBD


Join this book group to reflect on Greg Boyle SJ’s moving account of what his work with Homeboy Industries (the largest gang-intervention program in the world) has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship—and how it is transforming the lives of gang members. Facilitated by Kelly Hickman; and Curtis Leighton, who will lead a breakout small group for men.

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 for more details. 



Standard fee $50 (book included).

Reduced fee $35 (bring your own book).

Partial work scholarships available.

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

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center