Looking for a way to deepen your spirituality through prayer, reflection and service to those on the edge of society? If yes, check out Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality (CISS). Currently, CISS is celebrating its tenth year of prayer and accompaniment of the poor and marginalized in the Bay Area. A program that started at Santa Clara University with just six members 10 years ago has blossomed into a community that includes over 160 members.
Companions is a unique program that engages women and men, retired and semi-retired, who desire to deepen their spiritual lives while serving those in need. Companions meet monthly on the Santa Clara University campus for prayer and reflection rooted in the spirituality of St. Ignatius. Each also participates in a direct service opportunity to those in need. Some visit prisons and jails. Companions may serve the hungry at food pantries, or assist in hospital ministry. Others provide compassionate services to immigrants, while some tutor those in juvenile hall.
Companions is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 program. An information meeting is scheduled for May 14, 7 p.m. at the Santa Clara University Graduate Program for Pastoral Ministries Office located at 890 Benton Ave., Santa Clara. For information contact Marcos Herrera at email@example.com, or call Cathy Parent at (408) 245-2939.