Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center
Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.- 2 Corinthians 4:7
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 this love with others.
Today many people are troubled by loneliness and other wounds on the heart. Such challenges and tensions make us even more hungry for the love and care of God. They lead us to serach 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 God.
CIST was established 20 years ago. Thanks to the support of benefactors the activities that we offer and the people we have trained have increased in number. The current site of the spirituality centre on the first floor of the Tien Center is limited in space. As a result we are now renting other spaces in order to offer our activities. To provide better service, we plan to move to a new and improved location in 2020—the fourth floor of the Tien Center. This new site will include rooms for spiritual direction, a prayer room, a classroom for workshops and offices.
Recently the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) announced 4 apostolic preferences 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. The CIST 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 and live out this mission together.
1. Support the renovation and relocation of the Spirituality Centre
In 2020, the fourth floor of the Tien Center will become the new home of the Spirituality Centre (please see the virtual diagram of the foyer below). The current site of the spirituality centre on the first floor of the Tien Center is limited in space. As a result we are now renting other spaces in order to offer our activities. To provide better service, we plan to move to a new and improved location in 2020—the fourth floor of the Tien Center. This new site will include rooms for spiritual direction, a prayer room, a classroom for workshops and offices.
In total the approximate cost for this project will be NT$5,600,000.
2. Support the Activities of the Spirituality Centre
a. Provide retreats and other activities for free.
b. Support people with financial difficulties that would like to particpate in spiritual activities, e.g. students, nuns, seminarians, priests, and people who live on the margins of society.
c. Support the formation and training of new spiritual directors (lay people, nuns and priests)
Other methods of Donation:
If you would like to make a donation, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Fr. Elton Fernandes, SJ
Director - Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center
A New Ignatian Space – The Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center
Update on the Renovation and Move
↑Fr. Luciano Morra Province Socius (center) presides at the liturgy of blessing, together with the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center team.
On July 10, 2020 The Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center moved to its new site on the 4th floor of the Tien Educational Center. The new center includes spiritual direction rooms, a prayer room, a meeting room, library and other facilities. We welcome you to come and see!
Entrance and spiritual direction space
↑ Prayer room
↑ You are welcome to browse and borrow books from the spirituality library
Due to the coronavirus, during the first half of 2020 many activities were either cancelled or moved to later in the year. While respecting health precautions, we hope to offer retreats, workshops and activities in the second of 2020, so that more people can explore Ignatian spirituality and draw closer to God.
As of July 25, 2020, fundraising for the renovation and move of the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center has reached NT$2,010,000. This is about 36% of our target. In addition, NT$120,000 was donated to support the Center for its daily operating expenses. Thank you to the donors for your generosity and care!
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. – Matthew 21:22
Although we have not yet reached our goal, we want to whole heartedly thank our benefactors for their financial and prayerful support. Let us walk together, hand in hand, to complete what God desires for us.
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$36,000 or more: your name will appear on the donor recognition plaque in the spirituality
↑ Wooden cross 14x8cm.
↑ Fr. Elton Fernandes blesses the crosses to be given to benefactors. The benefactors are in our prayers often.