Connecting to God through making a mosaic art piece.

Learning to pray while making mosaic patterns, finding God amidst the challenges of marriage, and deepening one’s understanding of the Pope’s encyclical on the environment.

These are just some of the programmes that the Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality & Counselling is offering for its 12-day Ignatian Festival, from Oct 10-21.

According to the organiser, Mr Keith Neubronner, this is the first time that the centre, which turns 28 in October, is holding a festival to celebrate its anniversary.

The centre offers various programmes based on Ignatian spirituality, including retreats, seminars and workshops.

“We usually do not do anything special to celebrate our centre’s anniversary, but this year we were inspired to try something different having heard of similar festivals organised in the Philippines and beyond,” said Mr Neubronner, who is the centre’s Programmes & Publicity Co-ordinator.

“We hope to attract those who know little of Ignatian spirituality but are interested to learn more, as well as advanced seekers who would like to encounter the spirituality anew with the breadth of programmes offered.”

The festival comprises 12 programmes consisting of a workshop, talks and a retreat.

The workshop is titled Finding God through Mosaic Making and is the first such workshop organised at the centre.
Facilitated by Ms Lisan Chng, a Catholic mosaic artist, the Oct 13 session will invite participants to enter into a time of prayerful contemplation and dialogue with God through the creation of a piece of mosaic art.

For married couples, one talk they would find interesting is Finding God in the Conflicts and Challenges of Marriage on
Oct 12. It aims to give participants practical tools to help them love their spouse in a deeper way, and is facilitated by Ms Lissy Puno, a counselling psychologist.

For those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, Jesuit Father Gregory Tan will give a talk titled An Ignatian Reflection of Laudato Si’.

Drawing from his research for his sacred theology licentiate thesis on Ecologicial Virtue Ethics as well as Ignatian spirituality, Fr Gregory will reflect on the Pope’s insights in his encyclical.

Rounding off the festival are two talks and a weekend retreat by an American Jesuit, Fr Jerry Cusumano.

He will focus on the four key meditations on spiritual growth featured in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius on Oct 17 and 18.

The Oct 19-21 retreat will see participants reflecting on some major themes found in the Spiritual Exercises with the aid of Scripture passages.

Most of the programmes are free.

For further details and registration, visit: http://www.kingsmeadcentre.sg

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