Photo: Dr. Jennifer Hayworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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"THE CALL OF VOCATION: OPENING OURSELVES TO LIFE"

 

 

 

Our lives are busy. We are constantly asked (and too often expected) to do more -- at work, at home, or in our community. As we add items to our "to do" lists and try to survive our overscheduled calendars, we often forget that we are made for so much more than what we do.  Drawing on insights from her own life and from 15 years of exploring life's big questions with faculty, staff, and students, Dr. Jennifer Haworth will invite us to re-search our lives and re-member anew God's ever unfolding invitation to us to live as people fully alive.

Please join us as we welcome Jennifer Grant Haworth, M. Div., Ph.D., a mission-driven educator, spiritual companion, and pastoral leader committed to working collaboratively with others to bring to life transformational experiences that awaken peoples' spirits and transform their hearts.  For the last 20 years, her work as a college teacher and administrative leader has reflected her passions for wholehearted faculty, staff, and student development, innovative educational design, and Ignatian-inspired leadership.

Since 1994, Jennifer has served as a faculty member and in various administrative roles at Loyola University Chicago. During this time, she was instrumental in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Evoke, an institution-wide initiative begun in 2001, that has since encouraged thousands of Loyola faculty, staff, and students to explore questions of meaning, purpose, and vocation in their lives. Early in Evoke’s history, Jennifer collaborated with the past VP for Mission and Ministry, Lucien Roy, to design On Call, an intensive vocational exploration program that offered undergraduates a safe place to discover and listen to the persons they were being called to be and become. As AVP for Mission, Jennifer oversaw several mission-related programs at Loyola, including the year-long Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life retreat (with Fr. Bill Creed S.J.) and ongoing mission formation efforts for faculty and staff. She is a trained spiritual companion and has preached retreats and offered spiritual formation workshops for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), the Ignatian Volunteer Corp, and various universities and parishes in the greater Chicago area. In 2013, twenty years after earning her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jennifer earned her Master of Divinity degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Jennifer is the co-author or co-editor of 8 books and over 40 publications.  She has received more than $3 million in grants to launch two innovative programs: Evoke and the Community College Learning and Teaching (CCLT) graduate certificate program. In 2000, she was selected as one of six Faculty Scholars at Loyola University Chicago and, in 2003, as one of its first designated Teaching Mentors.

For the last 24 years, Jennifer has enjoyed and cherished the gift of her marriage to Steve Haworth, a biomedical research scientist, Marquette grad, and all around nice guy.  They are the proud parents of a 17 year old son, Marcus.  The Haworth’s enjoy Green Bay Packer football; Marquette Golden Eagle basketball; Wisconsin college football; hiking, canoeing, and fishing; travelling; and playing with their black and white Cocker Spaniel, Oreo.

 

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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

The exercises are a pathway to recognizing God's activity in our deepest desires and growing in unity with God. Emerging from the experience of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, the Exercises provide a structured opportunity to mature in spiritual freedom and make choices that are responsive to God's call in one's life.