We recently visited with Rich Sullivan, Director of Ignatian Identity at Rockhurst High School, as finishing touches are being made to the new office suite. Rich told us, “wi-fi is up and running but computers and phones are yet to be installed.” It’s hoped that the move in will be completed in early September.
Rich will be working with Rockhurst faculty and collaborating with the Ignatian Spirituality Center to introduce Ignatian Spirituality and develop short, guided Ignatian prayer programs and the 9 month Spiritual Exercises Retreat in Every-Day Life.
The desire of this initiative is to deepen Ignatian identity amongst faculty and staff at Rockhurst High School. We are very excited at The Ignatian Spirituality Center that 6 faculty members have applied to make the Spiritual Exercises In Every Day Life commencing September 2018.
The renovated space at Rockhurst—providing offices for both Rich’s formation team and Ignatian Center staff—will enable a close collaborative relationship for an exciting year ahead. The theme for the faculty this year is “Contemplatives in Action.” The annual retreat will center on this theme, and to assist with preparation of the retreat, faculty will be introduced to the book Armchair Mystic, Easing Into Contemplative Prayer by Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J. Additionally, faculty will be introduced to different concepts and ideas about Ignatian Spirituality at key points throughout the school year.
The Ignatian Center is very excited to be a part of this new initiative and we look forward to developing a long term collaborative relationship in service of Rockhurst High School. We wish Rich every blessing and success in his new role.
Rich has worked at Rockhurst since 1999 in a variety of capacities. Most recently, he was the Assistant Director of College Counseling. He has also taught social studies and served as an assistant coach in cross-country. A proud New England native, Rich graduated from Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA. Bishop Connolly was staffed and sponsored by the Jesuits from 1967-1995. He holds a B. A. from Providence College in History and an M.A. from the University of Maryland in American Studies. His teacher certification is from the Catholic University of America. Rich is a parishioner of Cure of Ars Parish and has been happily married since 1994. He is the proud father of three children. His daughter, Katie, is a graduate of Bishop Miege High School. Jamie will be a graduate of Rockhurst High School this year and Nate will be a member of the freshman class.
Article and photographs by Lyn Morse-Brown