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The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola & The Art of Spiritual Direction

The course runs 11am to 4pm, one day a week over three years, three terms each year.

First Year Second Year Third Year
Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays

This year can be taken independently as a foundational course in Ignatian Spirituality and spiritual direction.

The following topics are covered:

  • Ignatian Spirituality in Context;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Foundational Issues in Spirituality;
  • Introduction to Ignatius, his spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises;
  • Exploring our own spirituality;
  • Skills and resources for ministry;
  • Practice of Spiritual Direction.

This year develops a deeper knowledge & understanding of the subject through:

  • A detailed study of the text of the Spiritual Exercises;
  • Practice of spiritual direction, through working in small and large groups.

Participants are helped to develop their skills in the competence needed to be able to give the Spiritual Exercises, their Adaptations, and on-going spiritual direction.

Study is mainly experiential. It focuses on the participant's work as a director in group work, through case studies, personal and peer appraisal, seminars and supervision.

To get more of an idea of what the Course entails, you can down load an Outline of First Year Modules and Expectations.