Spirit & Justice Conversation Circle hosted by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

Engaging with the spiritual work of racial justice: a month of meditations with Ignatius of Loyola 
By Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J.

Thursday, February 17 & March 31, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ( PST)
Online via Zoom

Register by Friday, February 11, 2022.


As part of your racial justice journey, join the Ignatian Spirituality Center for a two-part integrative experience and deepen your own resolve in becoming a spirit-led anti-racist.

Session 1 will introduce you to the book The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola by Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, PsyD, and how to pray with the weekly reflections. Participants will explore the spiritual work of racial justice through the lens of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Join facilitator Andrea Fontana (Associate Director, Seattle University Center for Jesuit Education) for a conversation circle where she will share key points for your reflective process over the course of the following weeks.

Drawing from your experience with the books’ meditations and journaling prompts, our facilitator will provide additional weekly encouragements to help you integrate the fruits of your reflections.

Want to deepen your experience in community? Be paired up with another participant to serve as a Listening Companion. Check-in on one-on-one (phone, email, Zoom, in-person) to hold space for your own learning, integration, and sharing. A listening guideline for generous listening will be provided.

Finally, Session 2 will be moderated by our facilitator to you glean learnings, provide a space for sharing, and encourage continued growth and healing in the work of racial justice for your personal and spiritual life.

Participants of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are welcome. Please note: we are exploring having small groups based on affinity within the session. Included in registration there will be an opportunity to name if this is of interest to you. Thank you!



Participants will need to purchase the book in advance from their preferred bookstore or book vendor.

Standard rate: $50

Young Adult (20’s & 30’s) rate: $40

Scholarships are available, please email info@ignatiancenter.org for more information.

Are you a current JVC Northwest Volunteer or Seattle University Faculty/Staff member? Please email maria@ignatiancenter.org for discount code access.



Andrea Fontana (she/her) currently serves as Associate Director at the Center for Jesuit Education at Seattle University.  Prior to that, she served as Program Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center for 11 years.  She worked previously at Seattle University between 1999 and 2010 as Campus Minister for Liturgical Music, Campus Minister for Social Justice, Resident Minister in Campion Hall, and Interim Director of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School.   Her interests include music, art, and helping people experience the gifts of the Ignatian tradition as applied to daily life, work, culture, and issues of the day.   She has been involved in racial equity work in education since 2016 and continues to seek opportunities and communities to join in the long work toward racial justice.    


Call (206) 329-4824 or email Maria Ochoa Vazquez, ISC Program Coordinator. 

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center