Center for Ignatian Spirituality Provides Virtual Support and Addresses the Effects of Trauma

Center for Ignatian Spirituality Provides Virtual Support and Addresses the Effects of Trauma

Fairfield’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality is offering the community an array of programming — from one-on-one spiritual direction to virtual retreats — to help provide connection and support through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Fairfield University’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality is offering the greater community an array of virtual spiritual programming designed to maintain interpersonal connection and foster a spiritual connection to help guide participants through this unprecedented time brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

One-on-one spiritual direction meetings are taking place via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype; and personalized meetings are available for anyone seeking a deeper connection with God. The meetings have amassed more than 200 participants since moving to virtual platforms

The Center also launched a weekly Ignatian Virtual Retreat that takes place on Zoom. These one-hour presentations on Ignatian Spirituality have so far bridged the virtual divide and transcended geography, including participants from Ireland and Italy. 

A virtual program, Magis Ministry: Spiritual Companionship during the Pandemic, is being offered to spiritual directors on May 8, to address the traumatic effects of stress on the body, mind and spirit, with a focus on what health care providers are experiencing on the frontlines. The Center has joined with Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut to facilitate this programming.

Read the full story here: Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality Provides Virtual Support to Community.

Posted On: May 1, 2020

Volume: 51 Number: 96

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