The Collegium’s spiritual pillar

The chapel, which symbolizes the Collegium’s spiritual pillar, is not here by chance.  If acquired knowledge has to become part of our thinking and living, if it has to shape our actions and attitude, it must be confronted with our deepest self, with our spiritual dimension.  The chapel, accordingly, can be used for Compline said in common, Vespers, Morning Prayer, or for personal prayer throughout the entire day.

The organization of spiritual life at the Collegium depends mainly on the activities of the students and each’s own will; there is no one at the Collegium who will try to control or evaluate the intensity or quantity of each one’s own spiritual practices.

Spiritual life has these support points: a content component, a conditioning program, and personalization.

Content component

The content component consists of these elements:  listening to the Word, silent contemplation, community celebration of the Eucharist, silent evenings and short prayer, adoration.  All are offered, and all are invited to participate freely.

Program component

The community celebration of Holy Mass every Monday in the Collegium chapel and the possibility of attending daily Mass at 19.30 support the stability and rhythmic pace of life as a Collegium member.  The program is enriched by weekend spiritual retreats, which usually coincide with Advent and Lent.

Personalization

This component is both the outcome of and prerequisite for the two points already indicated in the rhythm of the spiritual life of a Collegium member.  It consists of these elements:  the private spiritual life of the individual, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, opportunities for open spiritual dialogue.

Weekend spiritual retreat

During the academic year, in the beautiful setting of a Benedictine monastery in Sampor, the Collegium offers the time and place where students, aside from a spiritual retreat, can experience Western monasticism, a permanent element of Western civilization of already over a thousand years.

Chaplain Jozef Fekete, S.J.

The chaplain Jozef Fekete, S.J. is also part of the spiritual life at the Collegium, along with his devoted and willing presence.  Students have gradually learned to take advantage of his availability, and he has become an important part of their lives.  The chance to speak at anytime, either with God in the chapel or with a priest, who has made time for students, has meant many opportunities for true change and transformed attitudes toward the Church, God, or society.

Ivanka’s Jesuit community in proximity

Practically daily interactions with religious sisters and fathers of the Jesuit community beside the manor house give students the chance to peer into the virtuous life of people, who have consecrated their lives to God.  Conversely, student life also enriches the Jesuit community living beside the manor house.

Further activities

Aside from these activities, students can form their own meetings centered on spirituality, prayer, or Scripture.  Moreover, here the opportunity exists to join in singing in the choir, which has run very successfully at the Collegium this year, or in the local parish choir, which musically inclined students have actualized in past years.

Opposite the manor house is St John the Baptist’s Catholic Church, where students may daily partake in regular parish services – Holy Mass, Confession, spiritual conversation, involvement in parish life…