CLC 2017: spiritual growth and partnership

Inspired by the Spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola
Inspired by the Spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola

Christian Life Community (CLC) in London has unveiled its plans for growth over the coming year. A particular focus will be on links and partnerships with the wider community, while also continuing to encourage spiritual development in members’ own lives. Writing in the CLC newsletter Focus, Ignacia Arteaga of the Magis Group, says that the arrival of the new London Young Adults chaplain, Michael Dorey, has given them the opportunity to look again at their priorities and ways of proceeding. “The Chaplaincy will work organically throughout the year,” she writes, “as relationships develop with other partner services and spiritual needs are expressed.”

Spiritual growth and a desire to materialise members’ own spiritual desires will continue to underpin the CLC; but it is hoped that this can be achieved in association with outreach and partnership. “We want people in the South to feel we all belong to a CLC community that is wider than our small groups,” says Ignacia. “Life is hectic and many times we just manage to find a respite to meet and pray with our groups; but we forget the wider community and the richness of that.”

Social justice activitiesThe CLC World Assembly in Lebanon, 2013

CLC is a lay organisation inspired by St Ignatius Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises. An international community of groups numbering between four and ten people, it helps members from all walks of life to integrate prayer and action in their daily lives, thereby responding more fully to God’s loving desire for them.

Among the resolutions identified by CLC in London for 2017 are a determination to offer greater support and encouragement to groups, a commitment to organise quiet times and Masses “to bring people from different groups to reflect together”, and occasional social activities – from walks and talks to films and visits to exhibitions. But they are also determined to develop closer links with the Mount Street Jesuit Centre and its various ministries and activities. And Ignacia says there are lots of opportunities.

“For example, by helping those who would like to get involved in social justice activities,” she writes, “or by developing links with CAFOD, SVP, Jesuit Volunteers, JRS and Caritas.” She also identifies a specific local project with which members might wish to engage: Westminster Cathedral’s homeless project, which requires volunteers on Wednesday evenings between February and May.

To find out more about CLC groups in your area, visit the CLC England and Wales website. Or write to CLC England and Wales, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH –