Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

2022 IVC Chicago Morning of Reflection in celebration of the Feast Day of St. Ignatius Loyola

Join us for this celebration of Ignatian Spirituality community!

Joseph Simmons, SJ 

"But Few Things Are Needed: From Distraction to Dedication"

Around ten years ago, Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, then superior general of the Society of Jesus, sketched points for a letter that he never wrote to Jesuits around the world.  With his permission, the notes were shared after his death.  In this talk, Fr Joe Simmons traces out some of Nicolás’s nuanced observations: how “distraction in prayer” is part of a more general “distraction in life”; how even noble causes can become temptations when totalized; how ego and perfectionism distract; and how social media and marketing have stolen our attention.  As an antidote, Fr Nicolás points to spiritual masters like St Ignatius and Teresa of Avila as models for refocusing our priorities in a world of distractions.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Church of the Holy Family

1080 West Roosevelt Rd, Chicago IL  

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
$35 registration

The day will also include time for reflection and discussion: Mass at Church of the Holy Family and lunch at St. Ignatius College Prep in Tully Hall. 

Fr. Joseph Simmons, SJ, from Milwaukee, studied Classics and Spanish at Marquette University and volunteer taught for two years before entering the Jesuits in 2006. He studied philosophy at Loyola University, during which time he volunteered at the newly-opened Christ the King Jesuit College Prep. As a Jesuit in training, Joe taught at Cristo Rey High School in Minneapolis, followed by a year teaching philosophy at Creighton University.  Throughout formation, Joe worked with Jesuit Refugee Service in Jordan and Lebanon, has given retreats around the country, and wrote and edited for The Jesuit Post, a blog on faith and culture.  After theology studies at Boston College he was ordained in June 2017 and served at St. Procopius Parish in Pilsen for the summer.  

Since the last time Fr. Joe presented for IVC (July 2017), he has been writing his doctoral dissertation in Theology and Literature at Campion Hall, the Jesuit college at the University of Oxford in England entitled "Attunements to Grace in the Writings of Virginia Woolf and Marilynne Robinson."


Date & Time: Jul 28, 2022 09:00 AM to
Jul 28, 2022 01:00 PM
[America/Chicago UTC -6]


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Location: Church of the Holy Family
1080 West Roosevelt Rd
Chicago IL
Registration Closes: Jul 28, 2022 02:00 PM

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