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Enter TextJesuit Friends and Alumni



Why Network with Jesuit Friends and Alumni of Traverse?

Great opportunity to see Jesuit ministry in action.

Increase your understanding of how Ignatian spirituality can be lived.

Open to full time and summer residents as well as Northern Michigan vacationers

Network with other Jeusit and Friends Alumni. Fellowship.

No fundraising !!!


             Saturday August 20, 2022

              Speaker: Fr. Patrick Kelly, SJ

Speaker Bio:  Father Patrick Kelly, SJ, is associate professor of religious studies at University of Detroit Mercy. A native of the Detroit area, he had a passion for playing sports when young and played three sports in high school as well as football in college.  His first book was Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times (Paulist Press, 2012), about which the prominent social scientist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said, “It would be a great loss if this book were to be read only by historians of religion, because the clarity, vigor and profound knowledge contained in it will inform and fascinate anyone who is interested in the broader context of mind and society where religion evolves.” In addition to many other writings, he subsequently edited the book Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives (Notre Dame Press, 2015). His latest book, Play, Sport and Spirit: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry, will be published by Paulist Press in 2023.  Fr. Kelly’s writings have led him to be invited to work in collaboration with Vatican offices about the topic of sport over the years, including helping to revise the first-ever book length document published by the Catholic Church about sports, “Giving the Best of Yourself”.

Stay tuned for more information and event registration.



        WHAT IS JFAN of Grand Traverse?

JFANGT hosts semi-annual events for Jesuit friends and alumni featuring guest speakers who share their experiences living Ignatian Spirituality. The events are held at various Grand Traverse locations in a relaxing atmosphere with food and beverages for socializing and networking.



JFAN of Grand Traverse serves as a networking and fellowship organization for those who have been educated by the Jesuits, are associated with a Jesuit ministry or institution, a friend of the Jesuits  or simply want to know more about Ignation Spirituality.

         All are welcome at JFANGT.ORG


“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined from clinging to its own security.”---Pope Francis

For more information contact

    Cathy Schmitt