Adult Ignatian Formation


Adult Ignatian Formation
All are invited to deepen and strengthen their spiritual education

In renewing our Ignatian Spirit, that spirit and tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Founder of the Jesuits, our faculty, staff, students, and members of our Board of Trustees, have had many opportunities and encounters to deepen and strengthen our faith in the God of life and love.

In 2020, we are expanding this renewal to include parents, alumni, alumni parents, benefactors, parishioners from local parishes, and other friends of Jesuit High School. We invite you to join us for any of the complimentary programmings – think of them as “adult spiritual continuing education.” All are welcome.

I hope you can join us for some or all of these renewal opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you to our Jesuit community!

Event Harris Center

President’s Ignatian Lecture
A free public lecture featuring speaker Rev. Alfred C. Kammer, S.J.

Time & How to Attend

Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us in the Jesuit High School Harris Center for Fr. Kammer’s lecture, full of inspiring insights:

Leading or Chasing the Church? The Jesuit Justice Journey  

Catholic Social Teaching and the Faith that does Justice

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Open to adults and high school students. This is a public event. Attendees need not be affiliated with Jesuit High School.


  • Have you ever wanted to hear from the guest speakers that visit our campus and engage with our students?
  • Have you ever wondered about the Annual Social Justice Summit that is held at Jesuit each year?
  • Here is an opportunity to satisfy your curiosity!

As a new way to provide education and inspiration to our Jesuit community and the public at large, President Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J., is pleased to announce the addition of the inaugural President’s Ignatian Lecture Series.  The inaugural speaker will be Rev. Alfred C. Kammer, S.J. 

Timed to coincide with our 13th Annual Social Justice Summit, this new programming supports Jesuit High School’s religious core in the area of Adult Ignatian Formation. Think of it as spiritual “adult continuing education.” 

The 2020 theme of our summit is Economic Justice, this evening’s public lecture by Rev. Alfred C. Kammer, S.J., will define and connect that topic to our local Sacramento region and the importance of confronting poverty. 

Fr. Kammer is the Executive Director of the Jesuit Institute for Social Research in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a long-time colleague and friend of our own Fr. McGarry. Both brother Jesuits have long worked together for the betterment of the various communities in which they live, despite being separated by 2,500 miles. 

Both were the provincials of their respective provinces at the same time - Fr. Kammer at the New Orleans Province and Fr. McGarry at the (then) California Province of the Society of Jesus. It was in 2005, shortly after watching the remarkable efforts of Fr. Kammer in response to Hurricane Katrina, that Fr. McGarry, on behalf of the CA Province, gifted New Orleans the funding to establish the now-robust Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans. 


Speaker Bio

“As a follower of Jesus, Fr. Kammer lives a faith that seeks justice for all people in the world.  He will offer insight and inspiration, affirmation and challenge, as we all seek to learn, pray, and grow in our faith and our call to serve.”

–Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J.

Rev. Alfred C. Kammer, SJ

Fred Kammer is a priest, an attorney, and a member of the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits. Since March 1, 2009, he has been the Director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute [JSRI] at Loyola University New Orleans. JSRI is a collaborative project of Loyola University and the Jesuit Province offering research, social analysis, theological reflection, and practical strategies for improving the social and economic conditions of the Gulf South, with particular focus on issues of poverty, race, and migration in the light of Catholic social teaching.

From 2002 to 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, guiding their post-Katrina recovery and service to the devastated region’s poor and needy. From 1992 to 2001, he was the President/CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the nation’s largest voluntary human-service network.   

Event St. Ignatius Loyola Parish

Teach Me to Be Generous: St. Ignatius’ Prayer of Generosity
2020 Novena of Grace


Thursday, Feb. 27 through Friday, March 6

  • Weekday Masses 8:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Masses 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.

at St. Ignatius Parish, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento

Daily Theme

The Novena reflections are offered Monday–Saturday at the 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses. On Sunday, the reflection is offered at all the Masses (7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.)

  • DAY 1 Thu., Feb. 27: Gratitude That Leads to Generosity, Fr. Mike Moynahan, S.J.
  • DAY 2 Fri., Feb. 28: Teach Me to Be Generous, Fr. John McGarry, S.J.
  • DAY 3 Sat., Feb. 29: Teach Me to Serve You as You Deserve, Alan Nissila
  • DAY 4 Sun, Mar. 1: To Give and Not to Count the Cost, Fr. Chuck Tilley, S.J. 
  • DAY 5 Mon., Mar. 2: To Fight and Not to Heed the Wounds, Fr. Tom O’Neill, S.J.
  • DAY 6 Tue., Mar. 3: To Toil and Not to Seek for Rest, Sandi Holland
  • DAY 7 Wed., Mar. 4:    To Labor and Not to Seek Reward, Dino Rufo
  • DAY 8 Thu., Mar. 5: Except That of Knowing That I Do Your Will, Michael Cheney
  • DAY 9 Fri., Mar. 6: Generosity That Deepens Gratitude, Fr. Mike Moynahan, S.J., or Fatima Avila-Ohlsen

History of the Novena

The Novena of Grace began in 1633 when St. Francis Xavier appeared in a vision to Fr. Marcello Mastrilli, S.J. Fr. Mastrilli was awaiting his passage to Japan as a missionary when he was gravely injured with head trauma. St. Francis appeared to him and said:

“All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days, from the fourth to the twelfth of March inclusive, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion on one of the nine days, will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any Grace they ask that is for the good of their souls and the glory of God.”

When Francis vanished, Fr. Mastrilli was completely cured.

What are the graces of the Novena of Grace?

Many of us cannot afford to take time away from our families and work to make retreats. Yet, we deeply hunger for spiritual wisdom and renewal, for intimacy with God amid our hectic schedules, and for companionship with others on a similar journey.

The Novena of Grace offers a unique opportunity to receive the graces of a retreat while still being able to manage our responsibilities “in the world.” In fact, this distinct perspective of having one foot on retreat and one foot “in the world” blesses us in a special way with a heightened experience of God’s heart. By taking a little intentional time for prayer each day, our eyes become wide open to where God is, where God is calling, and how God faithfully loves us in our every day lives.


Event Phelan Chapel of the North American Martyrs

In the Footsteps of Ignatius Loyola: A Lenten Journey
Faith Building Educational Series


Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Jesuit High School Phelan Chapel of the North American Martyrs
4660 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento

Adults and high school students welcome.


Participants are invited to reflect on St. Ignatius’ experience of deepening their relationship with God. Speakers explore the theme of transformation in the life of St. Ignatius and how we might pray with him on our Lenten journey.

  • Wed., Mar. 4: An Invitation to Conversion
    Tom & Cleann McGuire
  • Wed., Mar. 11: An Invitation to Forgiveness
    Patrick & Sara Brabec
  • Wed., Mar. 18: An Invitation to Discipleship
    Peter Ferrari & Charlene Cardenas