Ignatian Speakers Directory

The Ignatian Speakers Directory is an online resource that allows program organizers to find and contact speakers on Ignatian topics for talks, panels, days of prayers, etc. The Directory is free to use and is currently available within the boundaries of the Maryland and USA Northeast Jesuit Provinces.

The speakers in this directory have provided detailed information in their profiles. It is the responsibility of those seeking a speaker to determine the speaker’s suitability for their program. The Office of Ignatian Spirituality does not provide any other programming services through this Directory. Arrangements are made directly with the potential speaker. All other needs — e.g. venue, stipend, AV needs, etc. — are the responsibility of the seeker/host organization. Compliance with child protection requirements (if needed) is also the responsibility of the seeker/host organization.

If you find a speaker who is no longer available for the options listed, please let us know at amiller@jesuits.org so we may keep the information current.

*If you are a speaker interested in being included on this list, click here to register.*

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Joan McGovern
Following a 30-year career in the financial services industry, I am currently working at a Long Island retreat center. My calling consists of being a companion with retreatants as they discern God's message through spiritual direction or creating/presenting days of prayer and directed retreats. With a focus of supporting the relationship between retreatants and God topics consist of career transition, bereavement, and discernment. During the past five years I have been supporting candidates in the Contemplative Leaders in Action and Charis programs. The last two years God has invited me to pursue a Master's degree in Theology, at St. Joseph's College and Seminary.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen
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Language support: English

Elaine Harkins Ireland, M.A.
I am a Christian writer (https://www.preacherexchange.com/comeandsee.htm) and have a broad knowledge and understanding of Scripture, with an emphasis on translations, original texts, and exegesis. I lead Ignatian Weekend Retreats at Loyola on the Potomac and serve as the Spiritual Development Associate for the Baltimore Ignatian Volunteer Corps. I also I serve as a spiritual director/small group leader for the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life through the Office of Mission Integration at Loyola University. I wrote my thesis on "Pastoral Parenting" and I give a series of workshops and presentations to parents about letting go in the tradition of Ignatian Spirituality.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Jesuits, Social Justice/Care of Creation
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PA/NJ; MD/DC/Northern VA
Language support: English

Nicholas Collura, MDiv
Nicholas works as an interfaith palliative care chaplain and is a visiting retreat director at St. Raphaela Center in Philadelphia. He studied film and literature at Yale University and the University of Paris before earning an MDiv from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He trained as a spiritual director at the Jesuit Collaborative in Boston and spent three years of his life as a Jesuit on the West Coast, where he ministered on college campuses, hospitals, and state prisons and at a L'Arche community in the Pacific Northwest. He is available to speak on Ignatian topics, discernment in a restless generation, the enneagram, ministry to the sick, social and restorative justice, spirituality and the arts, and more. His website can be found here: https://nicholascollura.com/
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, Discernment, The Examen, The Jesuits, Social Justice/Care of Creation, Other; The Enneagram
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New England; New York City Area; Central and Western NY; PA/NJ; MD/DC/Northern VA; Georgia/N Carolina/S Carolina
Language support: English

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Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
The Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Penn., is a place of natural beauty, welcoming quiet and spiritual sustenance for those who seek peace within.