On April 23, more than 40 young adults gathered at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos for the kick-off event of the Jesuit Connections Bay Area. The San Francisco Bay Area Jesuit Connections, sponsored by the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, is a group of Catholic young adults in their 20’s and 30’s whose character, faith, and relationship with God have been shaped by the Society of Jesus. The group hosts regular events to foster community, serve those in need, and to deepen their relationship with God through Ignatian Spirituality.
Organized by group leaders Nicole Mintz and Chris Miller, the event included young adults from a variety of Jesuit contexts, including alumni from the following universities from across the nation and the globe: Boston College, Holy Cross, Bellarmine, Fordham, Xavier, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, Saint George’s College, and Ateneo de Manilla; former, current, and future Jesuit Volunteer Corps members; teachers in local high schools such as Bellarmine, Cristo Rey San Jose, and Saint Ignatius; parishioners from Jesuit parishes including Saint Agnes and Saint Ignatius; and former attendees of the Caritas retreat program. Event attendees celebrated Mass and a meal together, breaking bread figuratively and literately, and listened to an inspirational and thought-provoking talk on Ignatian Spirituality by David Romero, SJ, a Jesuit Scholastic at Bellarmine College Preparatory.
Based on the Jesuit Connections model in Boston and Chicago, the Jesuit Connections Bay Area group works to create a reliable and supportive network of faithful Catholic young adults who:
- find God in all things,
- are contemplative in action,
- look at the world in an incarnational way,
- seek freedom and detachment.