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Hearts on Fire coming to Winnipeg

By James Buchok

11/25/2015

WINNIPEG - The Apostleship of Prayer Hearts on Fire retreat is coming to the Archdiocese of Winnipeg Jan. 30 - 31, bringing a day and a half of prayer, faith formation and spiritual renewal for young adults aged 18 - 35.

“It's about a deeper relationship with Christ that is possible through prayer, rooted in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola,” says Rev. Len Altilia, SJ. “It's about encouraging young people to pray.”

The retreat takes place at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba on the Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, concluding with mass at the college's Christ the King Chapel. The event is sponsored by the Jesuits of English Canada, the Jesuits of Winnipeg and St. Ignatius Church in Winnipeg.

Sessions such as Hearts Looking for More; Paying Attention to the Movements of the Heart; and Vigilant Hearts: Discernment of Spirits, will be led by Jesuit scholastics John O'Brien, SJ, and Edmund Lo, SJ, who have led a number of Apostleship of Prayer events in the U.S. and Canada over the past four years. Both are currently working toward a master's of divinity at Regis College in Toronto and anticipating priestly ordination in three years.

Based in Milwaukee, Wis., the Apostleship of Prayer website describes the Hearts on Fire experience as a spiritual renewal for young adults providing insights into “how the deepest desires of our hearts lead us to the Heart of Jesus Christ” with practical ways to connect faith and daily life.

Altilia, president of St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg, said the retreat “invites young people to pray about the issues of the world in union with the Sacred Heart.” All young adults are welcome and Altilia expects about 100 participants.

The cost is $20 to cover refreshments and a lunch on Saturday provided by Immaculate Conception Church. There will also be time for socializing over coffee with live music.

According to Apostleship of Prayer, its mission since 1844 “has been to help Christians live out their desire to serve God with their whole lives and their whole selves. God asks us all to pray for ourselves and for others. To make ourselves a living sacrifice and to pray without ceasing for all the needs of the church and for the whole world. Since the 19th century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. We receive two prayer intentions each month from the Holy Father, pledging ourselves to pray for them every day.”

The stated mission of the Apostleship of Prayer is “to encourage Christians to make a daily offering of themselves to the Lord for the coming of God's kingdom and for the Holy Father's monthly intentions. This habit of prayer encourages a eucharistic spirituality of solidarity with the Body of Christ and loving service to others. Nourishing this spiritual program is the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

Registration information is on the Archdiocese of Winnipeg website under weekly bulletin.

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