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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Language support: English

Dr. Stephen M. Szolosi
Stephen Szolosi is beginning his 10th year (2019-2020) at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC where he serves as the Director of Campus Ministry. Prior to this work, Stephen studied theology and literature, receiving his PhD in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook University in 2007. He wrote his dissertation on the use of labyrinths in medieval and contemporary literature to portray our encounters with mystery. He has enjoyed introductions to lectio divina by the Benedictines, centering prayer by the Trappists, and to Ignatian prayer by many Jesuits and lay collaborators. Stephen has made multiple trips to Spain to walk along the Ignatian Camino as well as the Camino of Santiago de Compostela. In September 2019, Stephen and his wife began their pilgrimage together. Stephen has had opportunity to speak to and facilitate prayer for groups in parishes, on retreats, and gathered at spirituality centers on Ignatian spirituality, art, literature, and film.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen, The Jesuits, Social Justice/Care of Creation
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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

Debra Donnelly-Barton, MA
Have been giving spiritual direction for 25 years. Trained at Stillpoint School in Nashville and at General Theological Seminary, NY. Received a MA in Theology from St. Mary's seminary, Baltimore. Did the exercises in place at Guelph, Ontario. I served as chaplain for the Commission on Ministry for 11 years at which time I guided bother discerners and discernees through a vocational curriculum which I wrote. Many of my current directees are in discernment toward ordination or are ordained. I give retreats focused on art and contemplative life as well as discernment retreats for Churches.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen, Other; art and contemplative prayer
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MD/DC/Northern VA
Language support: English

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Campion Renewal Center
Campion Renewal Center, situated 20 miles west of Boston, is located in a peaceful setting that provides plenty of walking trails through the woods and fields.