The Course

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

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

First YearSecond YearThird Year
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;
  • The 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 download an Outline of First Year Modules and Expectations.

In some circumstances we can admit applicants with equivalent experience directly to the second year of the course where they have knowledge of the first year content. In these cases we ask prospective students to fill out the following form: