Jesus the Homeless Transformative Education Series: Beyond 'Ministry': Ignatian Spiritual Accompaniment of Homeless Persons in Recovery

Thu, 2013-10-03 19:00 - 21:00

In the Spring of 2013, Regis College was gifted with an extraordinary life-sized bronze sculpture of "Jesus the Homeless", the work of the Canadian sculpter Timothy Schmalz. The sculpture was made possible by a donation from Peter Benninger. Installed on the front plaza of the college, the sculpture invites those approaching the main entrance of the college at 100 Wellesley Street West to reflect about their relation with the homeless poor, the most vulnerable of the marginalized people living in our midst.

The piece helps to interpret the educational mission of Regis College and its commitment to advocacy for justice to its Queen's Park neighbourhood and the City of Toronto. As part of its commitment to tranformative education, Regis College hosts a series of events focused on homelessness and the accompaniment of those marginalized in Canadian society.

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7:00pm, John Mooney will present Beyond 'Ministry': Ignatian Spiritual Accompaniment of Homeless Persons in Recovery, which will be a reflection on his experience as a participant in the Ignatian Spirituality Project based in Washington, D.C. Bring a candle to join the Regis College community in a fifteen minute, silent vigil with "Jesus the Homeless" following the presentation.

The Ignatian Spirituality Project was founded in Chicago in 1998 by Ed Shurna, the Director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Bill Creed, SJ, a Regis College alumnus and renowned spiritual director, who was commited to making the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises available to those who were marginalized. Since its founding, the project has spread to 20 cities across the United States.

Since 2009 John Mooney has been the co-coordinator of the Ignatian Spirituality Project’s Washington, DC, program. He is a former Jesuit of the Chicago Province and the widowed father of two adult sons. Retired after 27 years as a local-government manager, John spends much of his time as a volunteer management consultant for non-profits, especially the Instituto Juan XXIII in Nicaragua but also here at Regis College. He has a master’s degree in theology from the Jesuits’ Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany; a master’s degree in public administration; and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto, with a dissertation on the ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas. An avid cook, John is a proud member of Regis’ Gala Celebration team.

This event is free. All are welcome. The presentation will take place in St. Joseph Chapel at Regis College. Seating is limited. Donations will be accepted to help support this and similar educational events at Regis College.

Please pre-register by clicking here, emailing or calling 416-922-5474 x221.

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Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.

Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.

Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.