Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center
“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart” – Psalm. 138:1
Thank you very much! Thanks to the grace of God and your support, in March 2021 we reached our fundraising goal for the relocation and renovation of the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center.
Your generosity and assistance allows us to live out our mission: inviting people to encounter Christ, teaching Ignatian spirituality and prayer, forming new spiritual directors—and even more fundamentally—helping people to feel the love of God more deeply in their lives and to hear more clearly Christ’s voice. Together you and our team are living out this mission together.
Each benefactor is important to us. Without your prayer and financial support, we would not be able to serve our brothers and sisters locally and abroad. The spirituality centre team prays for you often. In addition, each month Fr. Elton Fernandes offers a Mass for benefactors, asking the Lord to especially bless you and your family.
In July of 2020, the spirituality centre moved to its new home. We have already begun to offer retreats and activities here. This new space includes a prayer room, meeting room, multi-purpose room, spiritual direction rooms, library and offices. Activity participants find these new environs provide a sense of warmth and comfort. Since this space is larger than the previous premises, it also allows our team to offer more activities. If you have not yet had a chance to visit us, come say hi and have a look around.
In 2021 we have begun to offer some new activities, for example, “from broken to whole retreat”, “non-violent communication and spirituality”, “the spirituality of work”, “creation and spirituality” and other programs. We are also forming 16 new spiritual directors. This year is a special year: 2021 is the 500-year anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius and so we are celebrating a jubilee. As a result, we are offering some special programs to celebrate, for instance, “Reflecting on the Life of St. Ignatius and My Life” and “Finding Meaning in Suffering Together with Jesus”.
The funds raised are now sufficient to cover the relocation and renovation costs of the new spirituality centre. We are grateful to you! If you desire to continue to walk with us on this journey, we welcome your support. Your donation will allow brothers and sisters with financial difficulties to participate in spiritual activities. Your offerings will also help us to cover the daily costs of operating the Center.
Thank you for your generous support. May the Lord bless you even more generously!
1. Support activities and daily operating costs of the Spirituality Centre
a. Support the daily operating costs of running the Center
b. Support people with financial difficulties that would like to participate in spiritual activities, e.g. students, nuns, seminarians, priests or people who live on the margins of society.
c. Support the formation and training of new spiritual directors (lay people, nuns and priests)
Each of these items is important to our service and is in need of support. Thank you for your generosity and care.
Methods of Donation:
Gifts for your donation: (one-time gifts or regular donations)
- Donations of NT$2000 or more: a wooden hand-held cross that represents God’s love for us.
- Donations of NT$30,000 or more: your name will appear on the donor recognition plaque in the spirituality center.
The wooden cross is 14x8cm
Introduction, Mission and Vision
The mission of the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center (CIST) is to assist people to hear Christ’s voice and feel his love in daily life. Once people feel the care, acceptance and guidance of Jesus, it is easier to share his love with others.
Today many people are troubled by loneliness and other wounds on the heart. Additionally, the pandemic has influenced the whole world in profound ways. Such challenges and tensions make us even more hungry for the love and care of God. They lead us to search more deeply for meaning in life.
The CIST team use Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises to help people draw closer to God. Through various spiritual activities such as: individual spiritual direction, prayer workshops, weekend retreats, 8-day retreats, 30-day retreats, using film to pray, using art to pray, discernment workshops, prison ministry, parish retreats and formation of spiritual directors. Through such activities we invite people to encounter God and develop a deeper more intimate relationship with Christ. Thank you for joining us in this important work.
The importance of Ignatian spirituality: Recently the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) announced 4 apostolic preferences or goals to focus our efforts for the next ten years around the world. The first preference is to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment. This worldwide preference relates very much to our work. The Spirituality Center team hopes that in our new home even more people will encounter Christ, feel his love and hear his voice. We invite you to walk with us so that we may achieve this goal together, so that we may live out Christ’s mission together.
Thank you for your prayer and support. You are in our prayers. May the Lord bless you and your family with much grace in 2021.
Director Fr. Elton Fernandes, SJ and
The Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center Team
Welcome to the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center
Kang Ning CLC Group
The Spirituality of Work Retreat
Spiritual Directors Continuing Formation (Directors from Southern Taiwan)
The Spiritual Exercises, Paragraph 2 (Calligraphy by Fr. Pedro Chia SJ)
Ignatian Spirituality Library (you are welcome to borrow books)
The Prayer Room
The Opening Ceremony of the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center – July 10, 2020
We pray often for our benefactors. May the Lord bless you and be with you.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”