AMDG: Ignatian Spirituality for SLUH Parents

Join us APRIL 11TH

Marian Love, MA. Aquinas Institute of Theology, Spiritual Director, Alumni Parent

Biography and Education

A native St. Louisan, born and raised Catholic, Marian has been married for 48 years to Allen, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Together these SLUH alumni parents have two adult sons (Brian, ‘91, and Joe, ’95) and six treasured grandchildren.

Marian’s spiritual journey began in earnest when she was a young mom. “We lived in Indiana for a short time, a community that was only 3% Catholic. For the first time in my life I was exposed to people of various denominations, all of whom spoke freely about God, their faith and how it directed their lives. I felt the desire and need to understand my faith in a more personal and meaningful way. I began with a series of Bible Studies at our parish. This awakened in me a hunger not only for intellectual knowledge about my faith, but also a deep desire to know God in a personal way.”

In her early professional life, Marian served as a Registered Nurse for 26 years with an emphasis on care for marginalized populations – developmentally disabled children and adults, inner city mothers with newborns, and eventually geriatric care of members of the Society of Jesus at Fusz Pavilion. It was her experience working with the elderly Jesuits at the Pavilion which proved a pivotal point in her life. Touched deeply by their prayer and spirituality, it was there that Marian first learned about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and felt a familiar nudge to further inquiry.

Marian has made the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius on two occasions. During her first experience she discovered a call to leave nursing and pursue education for full-time ministry. God also blessed her with the grace of courage to follow that call.

Thereafter, Marian completed a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction, and Prayer Companion Training to accompany others in the Spiritual Exercises. After serving as a Conference retreat presenter for the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Marian was invited to serve as an Instructor in Lay Formation and Spiritual Direction at the Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis).

Presently, Marian develops and facilitates retreats, workshops and adult faith formation programs, serves as a Spiritual Director and Prayer Companion for the Spiritual Exercises, Facilitator of Prayer Companion Training. She also enjoys volunteering for the Criminal Justice Ministry as a pen-pal and one-on-one visitor.

“Once I realized God’s love was real and personal, I felt compelled to encourage others to experience this same love. This has been at the heart of my ministry and life in ways I continue to discover as my life unfolds.”

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Check out Recordings
from previous events

"God Calls, We Respond"
Fr. Paul Hoesing
January 24, 2019

"The Spiritual Life is a Pilgrimage"

Mr. Jim Linhares, SLUH AMDG
Mr. Jim Linhares, MA
October 4, 2018
0:00-3:37: Mr. Michael Mohr, SJ
3:37-11:30: Julie Ledbetter, Parent Reflector
(including introduction of Mr. Jim Linhares)
12:28-1:00:30: Mr. Jim Linhares

"Sin is a Lack of Gratitude"

Fr. Chris Collins, SJ
August 30, 2018
(After introductions, Fr. Collins' talk
begins at 13:26 minutes)

"A Reflective Spirituality"
Danielle Harrison
March 1, 2018

"A Spirituality of the Heart"
David Laughlin
January 18, 2018

"God is Love Loving"
Father David Meconi, S.J.
November 16, 2017
"A Vision of Life, Work and Love"
Father Christopher Collins, S.J.
August 31, 2017

Our Mission

For the Greater Glory of God and the spiritual health of our families, we gather to learn about the spirituality of St. Ignatius, growing closer to God and one another in faith and friendship. Each talk will explore a different chapter of the book “What is Ignatian Spirituality?” by David L. Fleming, S.J., available for free online courtesy of Loyola Press:

What Is Ignatian Spirituality? Part 2

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