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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Joy Jennings
Joy is a long-time retreat facilitator, offering programs for spirituality and wellness throughout the US and Canada. Joy pursued her studies at Our Lady of Peace Spiritual Life Center, in Narragansett, RI and with the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill in Saugerties, NY. She is on staff at the La Salette Retreat & Conference Center in Attleboro, MA where she offers formational programs and spiritual direction throughout the year. Joy blends a strong foundation of Catholic tradition with current contemplative spirituality, including days of reflection on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. She has also worked within the field of yoga therapy, teaching yoga for depression, anxiety, and trauma, in workshops throughout the New England and New York region, such as the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, MA and the Javits Convention Center in NYC. This work has informed how she presently engages her retreatants and spiritual directees toward a more complete experience of self.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen
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Supported locations:
New England; Central and Western NY
Language support: English

Dr. Carolyn Nickerson, MSN, MA, EdD
Carrie completed postgraduate studies in spiritual and pastoral care at Loyola University in Maryland, formation in Ignatian spiritual direction and retreat ministries at Pneuma Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, and advanced studies in supervision at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality in Charleston, WV. She brings her experience in nursing education and higher education program planning and evaluation to her role on the Leadership Team of the Spiritual Direction and Leadership Program at Pneuma Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Carrie is a retired nurse educator and nurse midwife and also served as a program and institutional evaluator for specialized and regional accreditation organizations. Her research focused primarily on cognitive and role development in adults.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen, Other; whole person care
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Language support: English

Rev. Michael W. Cooper, S.J., S.T.D.
I did my doctorate in Ignatian Spirituality at the Institut Catholicque de Paris writing my dissertation on "A Contemporary Directory of the Contemplatio ad Amorem." For almost forty years I have taught courses in "The Apostolic and World-Embracing Vision of Ignatius Loyola." I have taught this course to lay students and especially to candidates for the Permanent Diaconate in four dioceses in the SouthEast. Usually this course includes making "the Retreat in Everyday Life" over two semesters. I regularly draw upon my pastoral ministry, especially of preaching in local parishes and also being the Chaplain for the Tampa Bay Catholic Gay and Lesbian Community and for the parish Knights of Columbus. My Ignatian Vision is rooted in the spirit of Jesuits Pedro Arrupe, Karl Rahner, and Pope Francis. I have a strong commitment to social justice and have spent time in jail with the Farmworkers in California.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen, The Jesuits, Social Justice/Care of Creation
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Supported locations:
Georgia/N Carolina/S Carolina
Language support: English

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Eastern Point Retreat House
Eastern Point Retreat House, a grand house located on the Atlantic shore in Gloucester, Mass., has been welcoming retreatants since 1958.