Our tenth CLA cohort in New York City will complete the program this spring!
Since we began there a decade ago, we have expanded to eight more cities, and during that time nearly 500 people have completed CLA.
Our alumni serve as lay leaders around the country in an array of professions. Some practice law, some work in education, some work in ministry, some are businesswomen, a few are doctors, and at least three CLA alums have entered religious life -- two as religious sisters and another as a Jesuit. All strive to live as women and men for others.
We are continually inspired by the many young adults who come to CLA seeking to deepen their faith and discern how to live as Ignatian leaders. This year alone, more than 200 people are participating in CLA in nine cities nationwide. Participants work through the bigger questions in their lives, supported by a faith-filled community of peers committed to leadership and service.
CLA has grown considerably since its first cohort in New York. We have formed new cohorts in new places, and successfully formed hundreds of Ignatian leaders, thanks to our many mentors, volunteers, donors, and supporters.
There has never been a greater need for lay leaders in our Church. The entire CLA community sustains the program, making it such a formative experience for our participants. Together we have built the CLA community. We are all committed to the mission, and we all share in its success.
Thank you for being part of the CLA community! We look forward to celebrating our past decade, and gearing up for the next one, with you in the coming months.
Sr. Lisa Buscher, rscj
Director of Leadership & Young Adult Programs
– Jackie Newns, CLA–Boston '15, is a Campus Minister at St. Joseph's University
Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is excited to bring Discerning Spirits to New York City on April 12, 2018! Discerning Spirits is a unique tasting event where local brewers, winemakers, and distillers share their craft and discuss the discernment process that led them to it. The evening will feature tastings, local food, and more, all to support Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA).
In their most recent issue, "Jesuits" magazine highlighted the new Ignatian Young Adult Ministries initiative of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.
"Three Ignatian Young Adult Ministries programs will serve young adults on the East Coast in a holistic and distinctly Ignatian style. The programs—Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA), Charis Ministries, and Jesuit Connections—are uniquely designed to accommodate the kinetic lives of young adults and address their distinct needs. The programs work together to inspire young adults to live as women and men for others, and to offer formation in a way that comports with the realities of their lives."
Read the full story here.
During Advent, we will be posting short reflections from CLA alumni. Every member of the CLA community has their own story about how their CLA experience has empowered them to live the call to be a contemplative leader in action. Here are just a few of them...
Join the CLA community in Seattle, WA, for an Advent Celebration! We will celebrate Mass, which will be followed by a reception. All are welcome, so encourage your family and friends to join us! Reconnect with friends, meet the current CLA cohort (CLA5), and hear about our future hopes for CLA in Seattle. Here are the details:
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Seattle Preparatory School
(Mass will be in the school's chapel)
2400 11th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
This event is free and all are invited. We ask that you simply RSVP to let us know you're coming.
Click here to RSVP.
We are kicking off the start of another year with Opening Receptions in each CLA city. Join the CLA community in your city (or the city nearest you) to welcome the new cohort, to show support for the returning one, and to reconnect with friends.
This year, we are hosting six Opening Receptions. Choose your city below and click the button to register.
As part of their "Pizza and a Pint and Ignatian Conversation" series, Jesuit Connectino will be presenting "A Company of Grace: Inspiring the Next Generation of Ignatian Women Leaders" on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM. The panelists will include:
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, current participants, alumni, and friends of Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Boston will gather in Brighton to raise funds and support for CLA at the third annual Discerning Spirits event.
Started in 2014, Discerning Spirits is a unique tasting event that invites local brewers, distillers, and winemakers to share tastes of their products, and, more importantly - the stories behind them. Not just any tasting event, Discerning Spirits is an intimate evening where participating vendors - known as Discerning Partners - give attendees a glimpse into the discernment process that led them to their craft. In between sampling the wide variety of products on offer and enjoying camaraderie with the CLA community, attendees will hear firsthand from our Discerning Partners about what it takes to listen to one’s deepest desires, follow where that might lead – and how it can bear fruit to benefit others.
Thank you to everyone who attended one of our Ignatian Advent Gatherings! We were humbled by the show of support for CLA and the strong presence of the Ignatian community in each of the cities where we hosted an event. In total, more than 400 people attended one of our gatherings. Thank you especially to those who offered reflections for us, and everyone who helped make these events possible.
We hope you found the gatherings edifying during this Advent season, and we hope that you will join us for another Ignatian event soon!
Below are some pictures from different cities. If you have any pictures from an Advent Gathering you'd like to share, please feel free send them to us (email@example.com), and we'd be happy to post them here for all to see!