retreat with the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Michael Kirwan has long been interested in
poetry (and literature in general), as a pathway to God. A
genuine experience of human creativity help us to be open
to the divine, to co-create with God rather than to be forever
He has been working specifically on the poetry of William
Blake and the German Romantic poet Friedrich Holderlin, but
the human-divine partnership is very much evident in the poetry
of Hopkins. As a Jesuit, Hopkins' life and work were shaped
by the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius.
An important focus of the retreat, therefore,
will be to appreciate how particular poems exemplify and reinforce
key moments of the Exercises.
No prior experience of Hopkins or of Ignatius
will be presumed.
We suggest you bring your own copy of the
collected works of Hopkins.
If you haven't got a copy and would like
to buy one before you come then we suggest::
Manley Hopkins Poems and Prose – Penguin Classics –
ISBN-13: 978-0-140-42015-9. First published 1953, reprinted
in Penguin Classics 1985. Click to order.
Fr Michael Kirwan SJ
Has been interested in the poet Hopkins since
his student days before entering the Jesuits.
Michael is a Jesuit priest lecturing in Theology
at Heythrop College, University of London and has recently
published three books on theology.
The retreat begins on the evening
of Monday 22nd and ends after breakfast on Saturday 27th.
Arrivals welcome from mid-afternoon onwards and preferably
Booking fee £75 (which is subtracted from the total
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