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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to lead people to a deeper life with God through a variety of programs including on-line retreats, retreats in residence, workshops and spiritual direction.  Many of our programs are based on the principles of Ignatian Spirituality.

Staff Bios


Mindy Malik, PhD

Program Administrator

Dr. Mindy Malik is a psychologist whose career focus

has been working with individuals with developmental

disabilities.  In addition to her doctoral degree in

psychology, she holds a master's degree in Theology

from the University of Notre Dame.  Ministries have

included RCIA instructor, parish prayer ministry,

tutoring refugees and spiritual direction.  After completing 

a spiritual direction training program, she began the

Prayerful Journeys ministry, dedicated to deepening spiritual 

life through prayer, retreats, workshops and spiritual direction.

Fr. John Auther, SJ

Advisory Board and Retreat Director

Fr. John Auther, SJ was pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Parish in San Diego from 2013-2019. Prior to that, he was

the Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Phoenix.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he joined the Jesuits at the

age of twenty and was ordained 13 years later.  He has also

served as a high school teacher, campus minister, and

jail chaplain. He has developed a spiritual directors training

program, and a variety of Ignatian spirituality retreats and

workshops. He is currently a Retreat Director at the 

Jesuit Retreat Center, El Retiro, in Los Altos, CA.

Adela Chang

Retreat and Spiritual Director

Adela's training in spiritual direction includes the

ESEC program conducted by the Crosiers in Phoenix

and the Spiritual Companionship Course with

emphasis on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, taught

in Puente Grande, Jalisco, Mexico.  She has also

completed the Catechetical program at the Kino Institute

in Phoenix, with emphasis on biblical studies, catechism

and church documents.  She is currently the Director

of Poustinia Place House of Prayer in Tonopah, AZ,

where she offers Ignatian retreats. Early in her career,

Adela was an elementary school teacher and Reading Specialist.

What is Ignatian Spirituality?


Ignatian Spirituality has a unique perspective of weaving the love of Christ into our daily busy and absorbing lives.  As we delve more deeply into that perspective, a wonderful transformation takes place where our daily work and activities become the place where God’s graces shine forth.  It also challenges us to listen to the Holy Spirit as God comes alive in everyday life—a real, living presence.

Ignatian Spirituality is based on the insights and wisdom of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order.  He underwent a profound conversion in the early 16th century after being wounded in battle.  In the process of his conversion, he underwent a series of experiences that left him wiser in the ways of God and eager to share what he had learned and what had moved him.  This wisdom became the basis of the Spiritual Exercises, perhaps the first retreat manual ever written. 

Ignatian Spirituality draws from the insights of the Exercises and the other writings of St. Ignatius to present a vision of Jesus active in this world, impelling us in the Spirit to serve, and making us capable of discerning the will of God in confusing times. For a more in depth presentation on Ignatian Spirituality see:

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