Magis Institute Retreat


I am at the Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center in Temecula, California where I and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. are giving a retreat to 17 people. The retreat is sponsored by the Magis Institute which Fr. Spitzer helped found and where, after serving as president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, he is now working. A recent article on the web site of "The Catholic World Report" reveals Fr. Spitzer's ambitious plans to bring together faith and reason and to provide training for ethical leadership. Our retreat ends tomorrow and it has been a pleasure for me to work with Fr. Spitzer whom I've known since we were Jesuit scholastics at St. Louis University studying philosophy. I also have to admit: it hasn't been too difficult leaving Milwaukee in November for southern California.