“One does not go by oneself to the Lord...it is essential to be part of a journeying community.”

Pope Francis

Our Story

Beginning at Saint Thomas More

The Ignatian Spirituality Center was inspired by the the many years of successful retreats at Saint Thomas More, work inspired by the Holy Spirit. We hope to build on this energy and spread the life-changing power of Ignatian Spirituality more widely and more broadly to diverse communities of faith.

Saint Thomas More Catholic Community has been entrusted to the care of the Society of Jesus since 1994 when David Hashka, SJ served as pastor.  With each subsequent pastor our Ignatian character has deepened and we  truly became the “Jesuit Parish of the Twin Cities” when Warren Sazama, SJ, accepted his assignment in 2016.

The signature experiences offered are retreats in daily life hosted every Advent and Lenten season.  Initially, these small group sessions met in person, and have expanded to virtual groups as well. Participants gather to pray with and discuss excerpts from the Spiritual Exercises which have been specifically curated for the liturgical season by Susan Stabile, a member of the parish and founding Board Member of the Ignatian Spirituality Center at Saint Thomas More.  Since then, hundreds of people from multiple faith traditions and from across the globe, make these retreats each year.

The Spirituality Center also offers opportunities for seekers to make the complete Spiritual Exercises, either individually with a Spiritual Director or in a group setting with a trained facilitator. Programming designed to give people an introduction to St. Ignatius and Ignatian Spirituality is also offered.

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Board Members

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Patricia Sauer, Board Chair
Patricia’s life was transformed when she was introduced to Ignatian Spirituality six years ago.  As her faith deepened, she realized that Ignatian Spirituality is for all seekers, not just Catholics. She is an Ignatian Associate in the Twin Cities.
She has an entrepreneurial spirit and a giving heart, owning several businesses and serving on numerous boards and volunteer committees over the years.
Patricia and her husband Gary are co-founders of the Sauer Family Foundation and have been married for 58 years. They have four children and nine grandchildren.
Steve Thomas, Board Treasurer
Steve Thomas’s career in public service is guided by the principles and practices of Ignatian Spirituality. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff for OIC of America, a national  career training organization that provides pathways to economic power for poor people nationwide. Steve is excited to help shape the Ignition Spirituality into a vehicle for spiritual direction and social action for all seekers.

Carol Arend, Staff

Carol is a parish member and employee of St. Thomas More where she is the Adult Faith formation coordinator, wedding director, and pastoral care associate. She and her husband, Mark, live in St. Paul and are the parents of three wonderful adult daughters. Carol enjoys reading history and gardening in the beautiful Minnesota summer.

Michael Sarafolean, Board Member

Michael Sarafolean is an active member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, an Ignatian Associate in the Twin Cities, and a facilitator for our Ignatian retreats.  He also is a Participating Adjunct Instructor in the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas and Managing Partner for the Orion Corporation of Minnesota, a company providing residential supports to people with intellectual disabilities.  He is the father of two amazing young men and a huge fan of the works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the poetry of Mary Oliver.

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Susan Stabile, Board Member

Susan Stabile is an Ignatian trained spiritual director and retreat leader who has been engaged in those ministries for almost twenty years.  In addition to offering monthly spiritual direction and leading people through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Susan offers retreats and other programs of spiritual formation in parishes, retreat houses and other venues around the country.  She is an adjunct Instructor in Theology at St. Catherine’s University, where she co-directs a Lilly Grant secured by that university to bring contemplative practices to congregations and parishes.   She also teaches at the Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality program for training spiritual directors and for training directors to lead the Spiritual Exercises.  Susan is the author of numerous publications, including Growing in Love and Wisdom (Oxford University Press 2013).  She also authors a blog, Creo en Dios!, on which she posts spiritual reflections and podcasts.

Jackie Mosio, Program Coordinator

Jackie Mosio is a writer, editor and Spanish speaker who worked in Mexico as a journalist for 20 years. A longtime member of Lumen Christi Catholic Community in St. Paul, she is active with the parish’s social justice committee. She has been an Ignatian Associate since 2010 and shares Ignatian Spirituality with the Spanish-speaking community in the Twin Cities.  Jackie joined the Ignatian Spirituality Center at Saint Thomas More as Program Coordinator in May of 2023.

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