New Offerings:

1) Faber Center Speaker Series:  The 3 Jesuits:  The Faber Center invites the Marquette community to gather for three lunch time presentations, each one given by one of three different Jesuits, each one giving his own perspective on one passage from Scripture ~ the Resurrection!  Lunch will be provided.  Register with Ellen Blonski @288-4545 or e-mail (

2) Faber Classics Book Club featuring the Autobiography of St. Ignatius:  Join us as we read and discuss this spiritual classic. Register by February 3 with Mike Hogan @288-5059 or e-mail Michael Hogan.

3) Leading from the Spirit ~ Women’s Centennial Luncheon Series-Part 3: Please join us as we discuss leadership practices grounded in wise human and spiritual values, experiences and challenges as particularly found in the lives of women.  This luncheon will include a delicious meal, time for building community and an inspiring presentation meant to facilitate ongoing conversation regarding the integration of spirit and leadership. Open to all MU women faculty, staff and administrators.  Co- sponsored by the Faber Center and Office of the Provost.  Space is limited.  Register by February 17with Ellen Blonski @288-4545 or e-mail (

Come and learn more about Karen’s sense of call in her career and her belief in “Igniting the spirit and skills of Leaders” as the passion and purpose of her work as an executive consultant and coach.

4) Annual Faber Lecture featuring Bishop Thomas Gumbleton:  Justice in the Church and Society ~ A retired auxiliary bishop of Detroit who has been a powerful voice for the rights of women and homosexuals in the Church, he has advocated for victims of clergy abuse and traveled around the world calling for an end to war and the abolition of nuclear weapons. He has met with victims of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Israel, Palestine and throughout the world.  Bishop Gumbleton is a founder and former president of Pax Christi USA and Bread for the World.  Call the Faber Center at 288-4545 or e-mail ( with questions or for more information.

5) Third Week Group: During the third week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to join Jesus as personal and intimate companions during this very human experience of suffering and death in His Passion.  It is in following Jesus closely in this path that we also discover how to be more personal, intimate and present in our own suffering and in the suffering of others.   Even in His walk towards death, Jesus teaches us to love deeply and live freely.  Come and create a faith community of companions as we, too, follow Jesus more closely this Lent under the able guidance of St. Ignatius.  All faiths welcome.  Space is limited.  Register by February 24 with Ellen Blonski @288-4545 or e-mail (

6) Second Annual Women’s Prayer and Poetry Coffee House: The Faber Center, the Office of Student Development and the College of Education are excited to co-sponsor this special event in honor of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.  Join us for coffee and chocolate as we listen to a variety of Marquette women employees and students share prayers, poems and songs that represent a diversity of faith traditions and spiritual beliefs and that are meaningful and inspiring in shaping women’s spiritual paths.  No RSVP required……….just come, sit, listen and visit.

7) The Healing Circle:  April is sexual assault awareness month in the state of Wisconsin.  Join us in discussing the issue of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church today. During this two-hour gathering, we will review the newly released DVD, The Healing Circle, a moving film documentary in which victims of clergy abuse share and dialogue with members of the community and clergy members of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as a means of healing past and present wounds, based on the model of restorative justice.  Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University and internationally recognized expert in restorative justice, Janine Geske, is the film’s host and facilitator.  Time for discussion and sharing will follow the film.  Join us for this important and timely conversation. Register by April 16 with Ellen Blonski @288-4545 or e-mail (

Regular Offerings:

8) "Faber Takes Three!"  Check out our weekly three-minute reflection presented by a diverse group of friends and colleagues from around the Marquette community. Many of these reflections will focus on the integration of justice and spirituality in our lives. How does an individual's spirituality affect their call to justice? How does the concern for justice impact our sense of spirituality? Log on to the Faber website for a weekly reflection of just 3 minutes or less!

9) Repairers of the Breach Brown Bag Lunch and Scripture Sharing:  All faculty and staff are invited to join the Faber Center in sharing a light lunch, community and reflection with members of the Repairers of the Breach day shelter run by and for the homeless of Milwaukee.  A sandwich and much good conversation with our neighbors will be provided as the members of Repairers lead us in the African process method of reflecting on scripture. All faith traditions are welcome. We will travel as a group once a month on Fridays throughout the Spring semester.

10) Men’s Spirituality Group: Men of all faiths and beliefs from the Marquette community are invited to come together for a monthly discussion and reflection on the ways men relate to God and to God's world.

11) Retreat for Busy People:  Would you like to make a retreat but just don’t have the time to get away? Consider making a Retreat for Busy People which can be adapted to your busy schedule.


12) Weekly Bible Study:  Luke ~ The Good News of God’s Mercy: A six-week discussion of scripture, open to all faculty, staff and administrators. Space is limited.

13) Lenten Half-Day Retreat:  All employees are invited to take some time out for prayer and reflection, refreshment and renewal, as you travel along your journey during the Holy Season of Lent.  Watch for a separate mailing and registration information. Questions, contact the Faber Center at 288-4545 or via e-mail

Weekly Lenten Scripture/Faith Sharing: All employees are invited to take some time out to reflect on the scripture passages unique to each week of the Season of Lent. 

15) Rosary: Please join us in praying the Rosary.

16) Caring for Aging Parents: This support group will meet monthly and is open to anyone who is helping to care for an aging parent or relative.   All are welcome!

By Request:

17) Individual Spiritual Direction: The Faber Center offers an opportunity to meet regularly with a spiritual director, someone to companion you on your prayerful life journey.

18) Clearness Committee:  The Quaker tradition offers a means of discussing God’s will for a particular concern through our deepest and most authentic desires by seeking clearness in our thoughts and emotions.  The one requesting a Clearness Committee can choose a few trusted friends (or after consultation, the Faber Center can gather helpful people) who, in an atmosphere of prayerful quiet, ask questions of the focus person only for the purpose of assisting that person to find clarity. 

19) The Spiritual Exercises, the 19th Annotation: St. Ignatius recognized that many people cannot devote an entire month to silence and prayer without interruption and suggested a modification for those who would commit to some time for solitude, prayer and reflection each day for a period of six months to a year. If you are interested or want to learn more about the 19th Annotation, contact Mike Hogan at 288-5059 or e-mail at






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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

The exercises are a pathway to recognizing God's activity in our deepest desires and growing in unity with God. Emerging from the experience of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, the Exercises provide a structured opportunity to mature in spiritual freedom and make choices that are responsive to God's call in one's life.