In the WA region, we currently have nine groups, seven of which are in the Perth Metropolitan area, one in Bunbury and a remote group that has members in the Kimberley and Darwin.
A CLC group is generally made up of six to eight members, usually led by a trained CLC guide, who meet fortnightly for quiet prayer, usually based on Scripture. This is followed by a sharing of experiences in which members reflect on how and where God has been encountered in their daily lives. Members are from many different walks of life and the range of ages, interests and activities is quite broad.
The WA Executive Committee (WA ExCo) plans activities for members such as retreats, prayer days, opportunities for activity in areas of social justice, care of creation and social functions. In WA such activities include: taking part in the Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees, English conversation and Mathematics lessons for Syrian Refugees, an annual tree planting day, beach clean-up activities, and regular gatherings to come together in a wider group to share our common charism and connection. By participating in these activities, CLC members are able to experience being part of the wider CLC community.
We provide an ongoing Ignatian Spirituality formation program each year with an annual Retreat Weekend being one of the highlights of our WA CLC Calendar.
Our current formation focus is on the First Spiritual Exercises (FSE) of Saint Ignatius and a number of our members have received training in presenting these Reflections to groups and individuals. The First Spiritual Exercises are a form of the Spiritual Exercises that are given in daily life. This retreat lasts for four weeks and offers many of the elements of a residential retreat but the prayer and reflection takes place in the person’s home and is designed to fit in with the participant’s daily family and work commitments. There is then a weekly meeting with the retreat giver. This can be done in person or via Zoom.
If you would like more information about CLC Western Australia or would like to talk about joining a CLC group or doing a First Spiritual Exercise retreat in daily life, please contact us using the details below.
For further Ignatian Spirituality opportunities you are invited to go to the Ignatian Spirituality WA (ISWA) website at www.ignatianspiritualitywa.com.au
WA Executive Committee (ExCo) for 2020 and 2021:
(back: left to right): Helen Baronie, Jude Marinoni, Kerry Cirillo, Jenny Gardner (National CLC President, ex-officio) and Lyn Bloom
(front: left to right): Chris Gardner (National CLC Vice-President, ex-officio), Chiara von Perger (WA Chairperson)
Retreat Participants at the celebration of Chardin’s Mass on the World
Chris Gardner at our WA Tree Planting day