The Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Today the 31st of July we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, and was one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. As a young man Ignatius Loyola was inflamed by the ideals of courtly love and knighthood and dreamed of doing great deeds.

But in 1521 Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desires to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him.

Over the years, Ignatius became expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his insights, prayers, and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises, one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written. With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. Ignatius conceived the Jesuits as “contemplatives in action”.

Therefore we urge you all wherever you are to commemorate the life and death of St. Ignatius in your own way. May his insights and prayers enlighten you in your mission in CLC.

At the CLC-K Secretariat, we began the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola with mass celebrated by CLCKenya Ecclesiatical Assistant, Fr. Richard D’Souza. We were joined in mass by staff of St. Aloysius Gonzaga school after which we shared a cup of hot drink and snacks in the office.

From the Secretariat we wish you all a HAPPY FEAST DAY of ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

CLC-K Secretariat Retreat

The CLC-K secretariat had their retreat from 13th – 15th of July. Thanks to Edel Churu for facilitating the retreat. It was a wonderful experience as it was a moment of discernment and an invitation to a deeper reflection on our lives and our role in the CLC secretariat. From the evaluations it was evident that we all felt revitalized and motivated to go an extra mile in our service to the members of CLC-K and beyond . We humbly ask you to keep us in your prayers that all we undertake to do shall be for the greater glory of God.

Kitale Annual Area Formation

Kitale was the place to be the weekend of 3rd-5th July 2015 as they held their annual area formation. I must admit Kitale area members are quite privileged as they got hosted by a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Onyango, who are aspiring to join CLC. The couple showed the true spirit of a CLCer. The CLC-K president, Dan Odhiambo, was also in attendance and gave an input alongside Bernard Kithusi -the Executive Secretary and Victoria Wataka, a member and guide. This event saw 13 members from different groups within Kitale make their first temporary commitment. We thank God for the success of the event. Let us pray for Kitale and other area members in their mission in CLC that our good Lord may give them renewed faith and spirit to continue forming themselves and others in the CLC way of life.