What is distinctive about Ignatian Spiritual Direction?

… for it is not much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul but the intimate understanding and relish of the truth …

St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises #2

A deep spiritual tradition

The Ignatian tradition, inspired by the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, is rooted in centuries of spiritual wisdom. Training in this tradition provides access to a rich heritage that has guided individuals in their spiritual journeys for generations.

Spiritual discernment

Ignatian spirituality places a strong emphasis on discernment – learning to recognize and respond to the movements of the Spirit in your life. As a director, you’ll be equipped to guide others in discerning God’s presence and invitation in their own lives.

Personal formation

The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, a cornerstone of this training, are a powerful means of personal formation. They provide a structured and contemplative process within which to listen to God and oneself, and become increasingly open to God’s limitless love. Recognising our deep desire for God, and His for us, is the heart of the Exercises. In a letter of 1546, Ignatius wrote “union of will between the creature and the Creator is the greatest good in this life.” 


Following Ignatius’s own practice, Ignatian direction prioritises the work of the Holy Spirit within each person. It is therefore responsive and flexible, ecumenical in nature, able to adapt to all Christian traditions and to foster a creative, inclusive approach to spiritual growth.


Above all, director and directee seek to respond with humble, joyful generosity to God’s personal call to serve in whatever way He chooses. “Take, Lord, and receive … all that I have and possess … Give me thy love and thy grace for this is sufficient for me.”  – The Spiritual Exercises #234

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