Christus Theological Institute March lecture scheduled for March 29 at SHC

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 9:30am
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Mobile, Ala.---Deborah Madonia will present “Ignatian Perspectives for a Marital Spirituality” Thursday, March 29, 2012 as part of the Christus Theological Institute lecture series.  The lecture is scheduled for 7 p. m. in Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order never married but his classic work, “The Spiritual Exercises,” first published in 1548, offers a rich and substantive resource for reflection on marriage as a privileged path of spirituality.  Madonia’s presentation will suggest that an Ignatian marital spirituality builds on the sacramental character of marital love as an image of Christ’s saving love for his Church (Ephesians 5:32).  Using case studies, Madonia will explore Ignatian dynamics including discernment and imaginative prayer, from the perspective of married persons who seek to experience spousal love as a locus of encounter with God.

Madonia received her Master of Arts in theology from Spring Hill College with a concentration in Biblical studies in 1994, and the Certificate of Spiritual Direction in 2001. She has attended the Ignatian Spirituality Conference held at Saint Louis University and now facilitates several spirituality groups, including Spring Hill’s Spiritual Directors Forum and the Daughters of Mary at St. Ignatius Parish. She has been married for 35 years to Dr. Phillip Madonia.

Christus Theological Institute is an ecumenical consortium of bay area churches joined in the quest to promote a deeper understanding of our Christian faith, which is housed at the College.

The event is open to the public. Admission is free for Christus members and $2 for guests.  For more information on this and upcoming Christus events, please contact the SHC theology department at (251) 380-4458 or christus@shc.edu.