Adult Spiritual Growth


Gesu Parish provides opportunities for enriching all faith dimensions of an adult life. Experiences that promote a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith include, but are not limited to: Bible studies, book clubs, retreats, speakers and discussions. For information on the these programs contact Marcia Leous and/or watch the bulletin or parish E-Newsletter.


The Church of the Gesu offers regular group opportunities throughout the year for exploring the Bible.

  • Old Testament: The study of Wisdom, Baruch and Sirach
    It is not too late to join the current study of Wisdom, Baruch and Sirach. Christie Okocha facilitates these engaging sessions on Saturdays 12:00-2:00 pm in the Sacred Heart Room. We have a limited number of the accompanying text for Wisdom & Sirach in the parish office. Materials fee is $12.00. Please register online by using this link:
       • Wisdom Apr 30 - May 7
       • Baruch May 14-21
       • Sirach May 28 - July 30

  • Gesu Women’s Bible Study - Spring 2022 - Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits
    Tuesdays, March 15 – May 31 9:00 - 10:00 am, Virtual and In-Person

    Dan Burke, author of Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits, presents a practical field guide to win the battle for our souls. Dan is former president and Chief Operating Officer for EWTN News, Inc. and is also founder and president of Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. The wisdom of St. Ignatius is found in these lessons. Scripture, prayer and discernment are suggested to resist the temptations of the devil. The study will consist of virtual and in-person meetings. The book can be ordered online.

    We hope you consider joining. Studying in a small faith-sharing group serves to deepen our relationship with Jesus and with each other. An evening study may be offered if there is enough interest. For more information, please contact Debbie Bruening at [email protected].


Gesu Book Club meets monthly to discuss various Catholic works of literature and share fellowship. Watch the bulletin or e-News for more information.


Each month, there is a gathering for prayer in the Ignatian traditions of imaginative Gospel ContemplationLectio Divina and the Examen. A facilitator guides participants in prayer and reflection with a focus on Sacred Scriptures for the coming Sunday. For information on our next meeting, contact Hilda Walter.


Retreat experiences at the Church of the Gesu and at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, OH, help parishioners to develop a deeper spiritual connection with God and one another.


Click here to view our weekly blog, Ignatian Threads, which offers insights and reflections on Ignatian Spirituality and ways to infuse it into our daily lives. 




Click the links below for Ignatian prayer, at-home retreats, daily meditations and more: 

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