An Ash Wednesday day of recollection following a model of Ignatian spirituality was presented by Sacred Heart Academic Dean Patrick Russell, Ph.D., and his wife, Stephanie Russell, Ed.D., both lay Ignatian Associates. Dr. Stephanie Russell is vice president for mission and ministry at Marquette, Milwaukee's Jesuit university.
They conducted a series of presentations as part of the seminary's day-long observance marking the start of Lent. The theme was "Mapping Lent," though which they discussed "The four continents of Christian experience:" longing, love, loss and limitlessness. They challenged the members of the Sacred Heart community to examine their location amid these continents, and provided a way for each to examine his or her day's conduct, and to be intentional about forming one's words and actions to the example of Christ.
About 150 seminarians and other students, faculty and staff of Sacred Heart participated in the program.
The doctors Russell were founding members of the Ignatian Associates, a faith community of lay people affiliated with the Jesuit order.