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Reflections from the Footsteps of Ignatius Pilgrimage

Reflections of the 2017 Inaugural Footsteps of Ignatius Pilgrimage/Ignatian Leadership Program

“Since the pilgrimage, I am inclined to share more about St. Ignatius’ life with my students.  In every class, I read a statement about how the mission of the university underpins our work as nurses and how we are invited to set the world on fire through our care of the sick and those in need.  The prayer that I use to begin each class also seems to resonate more deeply with me as I consider not only how the Scranton experience shapes and changes my students, but also how my own experience at the university is shaping an changing me.”  -- Patricia Wright, Ph.D., Nursing

 “This journey broadened my knowledge about the founding of the Society of Jesus and was a rare combination of fascinating geography, aesthetic beauty, historical significance and most importantly provided a religious and spiritual context to what it is to be a part of Jesuit institution.” --Abhijit Roy, Ph.D., Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

 “The pilgrimage allowed me to develop relationships with colleagues I had not previously been in contact with…I could write something beautiful about every person we were with on the pilgrimage.  Witnessing someone’s faith practices is a level of intimacy we generally do not get while preparing for classes or serving on committees.” --Teresa Grettano, Ph.D., English

 “Through our readings, I learned more about the life of St. Ignatius.  I gained new insight into Ignatian spirituality and how my own faith influences my work with students.  Learning how the Jesuits became involved in education and their mission to help educate and raise their children in meaningful ways made an impact on me.”--Betty Rozelle, Assistant Director Career Development Specialist

 “While I have long been familiar with the history of Ignatius of Loyola, the opportunity to “walk in his footsteps” and see first-hand the Loyola family castle, the cave at Manresa, and the Virgin in Montserrat brought a new depth of meaning and understanding to that history and to my own connection to the Jesuit tradition.  These experiences were made all the more powerful because I was able to share this pilgrimage with a group of colleagues who have become my friends.” -- David Dzurec, Ph.D., History