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Being with the Poor: A Catastrophe of Grace

A Morning of Reflection with Fr. Gary Smith, S.J.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

9:00 am Social | 9:30-11:30 am Program

St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle

ABOUT the program

The upcoming midterm election season reminds us of the urgency to be people grounded in prayer so that we may respond to the needs of our world in a sustained impactful way. Though we may have a sincere desire to act, many of us still find it difficult to discern exactly what to do. How can we respond to the immense needs of those on society’s margins—e.g. those living in poverty or those who have sought refuge in our country? Join us for this morning of reflection with Fr. Gary Smith SJ (author of Radical Compassion and They Come Back Singing; and a Jesuit who has spent his ministerial life in service to people on the margins of society in North America and to refugees in Africa) to explore how the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius can motivate us to be in authentic relationship and solidarity with our neighbors in need.



No Cost. Free will offering (suggestion donation $20).


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About the presenter

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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.    


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

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center.