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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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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Fr. Jerry Hayes, S.J.
Fr. Jerry Hayes, S.J., is the Director of Ignatian Programs in the Office of Mission and Ministry. He was missioned to Georgetown University after completing his Tertianship in 2016. Fr. Hayes entered the Society of Jesus in 1994. He earned a B.A. in philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and went on to teach theology and serve in Campus Ministry at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Fr. Hayes continued his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, receiving an M.Div. in 2007 and was ordained a Catholic priest that same year. Upon ordination, he returned to Loyola High School in Los Angeles to serve as the Director of Campus Ministry. Today, Fr. Hayes divides his time on campus providing spiritual direction to the Georgetown community and leading retreats that engage participants in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen, The Jesuits
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Joann Heaney-Hunter
I have been a professor of theology for the last 33 years, and a Spiritual Director since 2003. I give retreats at the Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, and St. Anthony Parish in Oceanside, NY.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen
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Loyola House of Retreats
Loyola House of Retreats is located on 30 acres of beautiful lawns, gardens and woodland in a quiet section of Morristown, N.J.