Are your parents constantly wondering why they sent you to St. Louis U. High, and what you are getting out of the education they are paying for? Well if you are like most high schoolers, you probably do not want to explain the whole reason to them, which would take away from your precious time working on homework, studying, clubs, or participating in sports. Instead, introduce them to AMDG at SLUH for parents, which allows parents to learn about Ignatian spirituality and practice what you should be practicing everyday at school: being men for others.
AMDG was started last year by Mary Burke, a mother of two recent alums, who started planning the event in the 2016-2017 school year.
“(Burke) said she wished there were more things for parents to learn about Ignatian spirituality because a lot of parents do not know about it,” said Campus Minister Meg Beugg, who helped Burke start the program.
“The mission of AMDG is for the Greater Glory of God and the spiritual health of our families. We gather to learn about the spirituality of St. Ignatius, growing closer to God and one another in faith and friendship,” said Patricia Feder, who is now the leader of the AMDG.
Now that your parents are hooked, here are the specifics: AMDG events happen four times every year and begin with Mass, followed by a buffet supper, and finally, a presentation given by a guest speaker. The speaker will talk about the themes from the book, What is Ignatian Spirituality? by David Fleming, S.J., which is free through a link on the SLUH website.
“It is a great synopsis, and each chapter covers different aspects,” said Beugg.
“Attendees do not need to read the book by any means, each speaker really just uses the book chapters as a quide,” Becky Slatin, who helps organize the AMDG program.
The AMDG parents are also invited to share their own thoughts and experiences over what they heard and read.
“Talking about your faith and growing in your faith is not just about listening to experts, but there is this wealth of knowledge already among the parents,” said Beugg. “This helps the parents relate their busy lives with trying to grow in relationship with God.”
This time allows parents to become more familiar with the philosophy behind Jesuit education.
“When my son Will started at SLUH, currently a senior, my husband Michael and I did not really know much about Ignatius. We knew the value of a Jesuit education because of its strong focus on social justice and the importance of learning, but as we became more involved ourselves and would listen to what Will was learning we wanted to know more ourselves,” said Slatin. “AMDG has given us the opportunity and allowed us the chance to explore our own faith.”
This unique opportunity invites all SLUH parents in the SLUH community on a journey together to discover more about themselves and their faith.
Former President David Laughlin said what he admired most about the AMDG outreach, “was that it is a peer ministry of sorts, parents to parents. Not that any one of us is an expert, but we are all on this journey, pilgrimage together.”
The first meeting was last Thursday, Aug. 30, with the second one taking place on Oct. 4, featuring SLUH’s very own assistant principal Jim Linhares, who will be talking about the “Spiritual Life is a Pilgrimage.”