CLIA Begins A New Year
The Contemplative Leaders In Action (CLIA) program has begun its fourth year of operation with multiple cohorts up and running in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and a new cohort being formed in Syracuse, NY. New York, Philadelphia and Boston now have graduated cohorts and have alumni of the program. The Jesuit Collaborative also has given its endorsement to CLIA chapters being coordinated by Seattle University and Charis Ministries in Chicago.
On Tuesday, October 11th, CLIA-Boston held a welcome reception for about 70 participants, mentors, advisory committee members, and friends at the McDavitt Center in Watertown, MA. First-year mentors met their mentees for the first time. Lori Barrett, the new Boston project manager, welcomed the audience and Kathleen Guarino and John Crawford-Gallagher, both members of the second-year cohort, spoke about their experiences.
CLIA is a two-year formation program for men and women in their late-twenties and thirties, which draws from the Spiritual Exercises and is designed to nurture faith-centered leaders so that they can impact society and culture. The program comprises retreats, monthly meetings involving lectures and discussions, study, mentoring, and service work.