Meet Ignatius of Loyola. A ladies' man of the court turned prayerful man of faith, Ignatius devoted his adult life to developing a way to build and deepen our personal relationship with God. He created the Spiritual Exercises to help others develop a fulfilling life of prayer and faith. "Praying with Ignatius of Loyola" integrates the life of Ignatius with principles of spirituality and offers an entry point for the reader through quotations, reflection questions, poetry, and prayer inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius. In this new edition of a classic book, "Praying with Ignatius of Loyola" makes Ignatian spirituality available to everyone and enriches an active, contemporary life with support and direction. Wedding mind and heart, Bergan and Schwan's unique approach to a 500-year-old practice will inform you, inspire you, and, with the grace of God, transform you.
Jacqueline Bergan and Marie Schwan, CSJ, have ministered separately and together for over 38 years and have not only an astute knowledge of Ignatian spirituality but a deep love for the Spiritual Exercises. Through their retreats and spiritual direction, Bergan and Schwan have guided men and women, lay and religious through the Exercises. They collaborated on writing several books based on Ignatian spirituality, including the five-volume "Take and Receive" series, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Jacqueline Bergan offers spiritual direction through Sacred Ground Spirituality Center in St. Paul, MN, and Spiritual Directors International. She lives with her husband Leonard and family in Bear Trap Lake, WI. Marie Schwan, CSJ, was a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent a number of years focused on post-Vatican II and biblical renewal within her community and beyond, including 14 years as associate director of the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI. Marie Schwan passed away on December 30, 2014.
Schwan is a Sister of St. Joseph of Medaille. A teacher by profession, she has served in administration and formation in her congregation, and has just completed fourteen years as associate director of Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She is currently formation directress for her community in New Orleans.