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 call the parish office or watch the bulletin.


Gesu offers opportunities for exploring both Old and New Testaments.

  • Women's Bible Study: Ladies, you are invited to begin the fall learning more about the love and mercy of Jesus found in Sacred Scripture while building friendships! This fall's Women's Bible Study will look at the Parables of Jesus. You may sign up for either the morning or evening session. The daytime study will be offered on Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 am, for 8 weeks beginning September 7. The evening study will take place on Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm beginning September 9. Note that this study will consist of some Zoom sessions and some in-person sessions. The guide, "Treasures Uncovered," by Jeanne Kun, is available at the Pastoral Center. Suggested donation is $10. We hope you consider joining. Reading and studying Scripture in a small faith-sharing group serves to deepen our relationship with Jesus and with each other. For more information or to express interest, please contact Debbie Bruening.

  • Fr. Michael Vincent, SJ plans to continue his Bible Study on the Psalms that was discontinued by the pandemic in March 2020. Sessions will begin at Psalm 75 using the Second Volume of Dianne Bergant's New Collegeville Bible Commentary on Psalms 73 - 150, and will take place on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-11:00 am, about twice a month in the Pastoral Center. A full schedule will be distributed on the first day, September 8, 2021. All are welcome, even if you did not attend the first half in 2019-2020. For more information or to express your interest, contact Fr. Vincent.

  • The Saturday Bible group will begin a study of the Biblical Novellas: Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 & 2 Maccabees - stories of faithful men and women after the Babylonian exile. Saturday sessions are scheduled weekly from 12:00-2:00 pm, September 11 - December 18. Please bring your own Bible. A liguori Press supplement will be available in the parish office. Suggested donation is $13. For more informatio or to express your interest, contact Christie Okocha.


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 or click here >


Generations of Faith events, organized around a Catholic topic of interest and open to people of all ages, take place periodically throughout the year. For more information, email Marcia Leous.


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: 

Sacred Space >
Online Retreat in Everyday Life >
Pray As You Go >
Jesuit Prayer >
Ignatian Spirituality >