Ignatian Spirituality in the Workplace – Reflections by Rev. Joe Lingan, S.J.

Looking at the crowd of 125 alumnae gathered in Dahlgren Chapel, Rev. Joe Lingan, S.J. opens with questions:  Why are you here?  What are you looking for?  What are you hoping?

These simple and challenging questions provide a framework for the most recent Georgetown Alumnae Women and Wine program held on May 8th.  This program–co-presented with Jane Golden Belford (L’78), the former Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington–was titled, “Spirituality in the Workplace.”  Together, the two provided insights and suggestions on how to increase the spirituality quotient in our daily lives – be it in the boardroom, the classroom, or any room in which we work.

Father Lingan asks that as we “do,” we do so in the name of God. St. Igantius of Loyola (1491-1556), Founder of the Jesuits, urges one to see that God is present in ordinary experiences.  It’s less about setting up a dichotomy of “spiritual verse ordinary,” but throughout our days, we can’t but help to encounter the Divine, in small and significant ways.  He encourages us to look around. Be open. Be curious. Be grateful. Be generous.

Father Lingan suggests the New York Times best-seller, “Give and Take,” authored by Adam Grant and subtitled: Why helping others, drives our success. Father Lingan summarizes it by stating “generosity produces good work.”  And, good work, serving others, realizing one’s full potentially are all inter-related and components of a creating more spirituality in the workplace.


Guest blogger: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
McDonough School of Business, Executive Masters in Leadership

For more information about the Women and Wine series and alumni spirituality programming, go to: http://alumni.georgetown.edu/spirituality

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