1) Faber Spring Speaker: "Growing in Love and Wisdom: Adapting Buddhist Meditation for Christian Prayer" ~ Please join us as we welcome Susan Stabile, Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, who will explore some of the common values and understandings that underlie Christianity and Buddhism.  Drawing from her recently published book, Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation, she will discuss how meditation practices drawn from the Buddhist tradition can enrich Christian spirituality. Susan will tell us of her own faith journey from Catholicism to Buddhism and back to Catholicism, and how Buddhism continues to enrich her Christian practice.  The presentation will include a guided meditation based on one of the meditations in her book and will be followed by a reception with book sale/signing.

2) **NEW** Come and See: Spiritual Direction 101 This offering is a simple way to learn about spiritual direction.  The format is easy.  Participants will meet individually with a director for about 30-45 minutes.  This is a time for you to discuss the joys and struggles of life, reflect upon where you are in your faith journey, ponder any decisions you have to make, or explore questions of meaning and purpose.  The conversation occurs in a safe place and is kept confidential.  The commitment is

flexible, usually two or three times in the semester.  Come and see………for more information, contact Michael Dante at 288-5059 or michael.dante@marquette.edu.

3) Mission Week: "The World is our Home" As part of Mission Week, the Faber Center has asked members of the Marquette community to take time to offer short reflections that speak to their personal experience of working and learning in a Jesuit, Catholic university and in so doing, living out  Marquette’s mission.  Watch for News Briefs to provide links to these short video reflections.


Lenten/Easter Offerings:

4) A Retreat for Busy People: During the Season of Lent, we invite and encourage you to slow down from the hectic pace of life and look toward growing and deepening your spiritual life.  A Retreat for Busy People will give you the opportunity to pause, experience some quiet time and re-center yourself.  This retreat can be adapted to your busy schedule, including evenings and Saturdays.   Register by Wednesday, February 6, at 288-4545 or FaberCenter@marquette.edu.  The retreat begins and ends with a communal prayer service that takes place in the Chapel of the Holy Family, Alumni Memorial Union, 2nd floor.

5) Lenten Half-Day Ecumenical 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. Please join the Faber Center for this morning of slowing down at the end of your hectic and busy week.  Register by Wednesday, February 20, at FaberCenter@marquette.edu or by calling 288-4545.

6)Third Week Group: One of the hallmarks of Ignatian Spirituality rests in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in which Ignatius teaches us through recommendations in prayer, meditation and contemplations on scripture, to know, love and follow Jesus more closely in our daily lives.  During the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius invites us to join Jesus as intimate companions during the very human experience of His suffering and death in the Passion.  It is in following Jesus closely on 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 more deeply, live more freely.  Please join us as we create a faith community of companions willing to follow Jesus more closely and intimately this Lenten season.  All faiths welcome.  Space is limited.  A light lunch will be served. Register by Wednesday, February 20, at  288-4545 or FaberCenter@marquette.edu.

7) Weekly Bible Study: Luke ~ The Good News of God's Mercy: During the joyous season of Easter, we invite you to join fellow faculty and staff for a lunch-time Bible study group.   The Gospel of Luke provides us with examples of God’s mercy as shown to us through the actions of His son, Jesus.  This will be a time to read, study and reflect on how we will respond to this same mercy which has been given to each of us. Register by Wednesday, February 27, at FaberCenter@marquette.edu or by calling 288-4545. A light lunch will be served.

8) Sacrament of Reconciliation: Fathers J. J. O’Leary, S.J. and Wally Stohrer, S.J. are available by appointment for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  They can be contacted either by e-mail or phone as noted below.

J. J. O’Leary, S.J.:  james.oleary@marquette.edu or 288-4525

Wally Stohrer, S.J.: walter.stohrer@marquette.edu or 288-5090


Semester Offerings:

9) GROW with Marquette: In partnership with the Human Resources, we warmly invite you to take part in this campus program.  The Faber Center is dedicated to promoting Ignatian spirituality on the Marquette campus. Come join us for a tour, enjoy a light lunch and experience what the Center has to offer.  Register through Human Resources at: growwithmu@marquette.edu

10)Men's Spirituality Forum: 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 each other, to God and to God's world.  Register by calling 288-4545 or at FaberCenter@marquette.edu

11) Women's Lunch and Reflection: We warmly welcome all women employees to join us and other women colleagues for lunch, conversation, meditation and reflection.  These gatherings are a wonderful time to meet with friends and colleagues to build community and renew and restore our spirits.  Space is limited.   Please register for one lunch date so that we may accommodate as many as possible throughout the semester. If additional space is available, a notice will be sent should you wish and be able to join us again.  We look forward to gathering with you and continuing to build and nurture our campus community of Marquette women. Register for one of the dates below at FaberCenter@marquette.edu or by calling Ellen Blonski at 288-4545.  You may consider your registration accepted and confirmed unless otherwise notified.  Facilitated by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Associate Vice-President, Office of Mission and Ministry.  All lunches begin at Noon and end by 1:00 p.m. Please feel free to join us even if you are coming from a class/meeting and may be a bit late, or need to leave a bit early to get to a next class or meeting

12) Rosary: Looking for a way to put some prayer into your day?  Please join us in praying the Rosary.  No RSVP required.  All are welcome. 

13) Repairers of the Breach Brown Bag Lunch and Scripture Sharing: All faculty and staff are invited to join with 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 method of reflecting on scripture. All faith traditions are welcome. We will travel as a group once a month on Fridays throughout the Spring, 2013 semester.

14) Cancer Support Group: If you, or someone you love, are struggling with cancer, please join us.  This group meets each semester for lunch, support, encouragement and sharing.  While participants may be dealing with various diagnoses and medical challenges, contributions of care, wisdom and knowing compassion from colleagues can truly help ease the journey.  For further information or support, call Kathy Coffey-Guenther at 288-6672 or Ellen Blonski at 288-4545.   A light lunch will be served. To attend, please call 288-4545 or contact the


15) A Reflective Approach to Retirement: Making the transition from the work environment to retirement can provide many challenges and opportunities.  Questions of meaning, uncertainty and purpose start coming forward.  This change affects how we see ourselves and how we relate to others.  Whether you have already made the decision to retire or are just considering retirement in the near future, please join us for this lunch time conversation to discuss some thoughtful and spiritual ways of addressing this transition.  A light lunch will be served.  Space is limited.  Register by Friday, April 12, at 288-4545 or FaberCenter@marquette.edu


ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS for your consideration:


For more information on any of these programs or to request a meeting, please contact:

Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Schroeder Complex, Room 111

560 North 16th Street

Phone:  414-288-4545

Fax:  414-288-7323

E-Mail:  FaberCenter@marquette.edu

Web:  www.marquette.edu/faber







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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.