While Creighton University is known as a Jesuit Mission, it is in fact a mission of the men and women, staff, faculty and students who are here to experience the spirit of St. Ignatius. The Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality is established to promote, explain and encourage the Ignatian identity of this mission of education.
I have the wonderful opportunity to write and speak of the spirituality which underlies all that we do here. I am privileged to visit in groups and individually with those who desire to grow more deeply in their own spiritual lives.
Ignatius had a vision that became a mission and that was to lead people out, which is the root meaning of "education". This Center is dedicated to leading people out of their darkness about who they are in God's eyes and who Jesus has blessed them to be. Spirituality is not a self-enhancement nor self-improvement indulgence. Prayer and reflection moves us beyond ourselves to the embracing of Jesus' sisters and brothers. The Deglman Center supports Creighton's identity as an Ignatian Mission.
Father Larry Gillick, S.J. was born in Milwaukee and attended Marquette Jesuit High and St. Norbert College before entering the Society of Jesus in 1960. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University in 1966. He taught at Campion Jesuit High in Wisconsin for the next three years. He was ordained in June, 1972 after completing his theology studies at Regis College in Toronto. For the next seven years, he was on the staff of the seminary in Toronto as a Spiritual Director for the younger Jesuits.
He was sent to Omaha in 1979 as Spiritual Director for the young Scholastics studying at Creighton University and living at Campion House in Omaha. In 1984, he assumed the office of Rector of the Jesuit Community at Creighton Prep in Omaha. He served in this capacity until the fall of 1991, when he was assigned to be the Director of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University. After Campion House closed in May of 2001, he assumed the office of Superior of Mulumba House. He still serves as Director of the Deglman Center.
Father Gillick presently occupies his time doing spiritual direction of students, faculty and alumni of Creighton University, as well as, directing retreats and days of reflection around the country.