Identity, Vocation and Mission

Identity, Vocation and Mission
Starts from:Wed, January 1, 2020
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Ignatian Spirituality This unit is a key unit in the Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Spirituality or can be taken as an elective within the Spirituality or Spiritual Direction pathways.
  • To be offered in 2020-2021 This unit will be offered again in 2020-2021. Should you wish to study this unit, please contact us on
Class Description

DS9291J is the face-to-face class

DS9299J is the online class (Online students will be able to view the lectures within 48 hours after the weekly class with recordings available on ARK).

In this unit, students will explore how the three interconnected elements of Ignatian spirituality — identity, vocation and mission — play out in their lives.  Students will be guided to address such fundamental questions as: Who am I before God? What are my deepest desires? With whom am I called to be? Where do I belong? What am I called to do? How am I generative in my life? Answers to these questions will be informed by the Christian vision of the world rooted in the experience and writings of the sixteenth-century Basque saint, Ignatius of Loyola. He documents his encounter with God in these writings particularly in the Spiritual Exercises. The dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises will be used as a template for spiritual growth.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. analyse use of the graces prayed for in the four “Weeks” of the Spiritual Exercises as a guiding matrix;
  2. describe the Ignatian understanding of the interplay between imagination, desire and mission;
  3. outline the development of a discerned sense of missional identity as informed by prayer and spiritual conversation;
  4. synthesise their lived experience with the identity, vocation, mission dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises.


Deborah Kent


This unit was delivered in 2018 and will be offered in 2020-2021.



Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Nadal Classroom


For academic credit                       $2,448

Not for academic credit                $1,224


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Barry, William A. Finding God in All Things: A Companion to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1991.

Decrees of General Congregation 35  (Accessed 26 July 2016).

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Fleming, David L., What is Ignatian Spirituality?, Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2008.

Grondin, Christian, “Ignatian Identity in Transition”, The Way, 42/4, October 2003, 32-45.

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Modras, Ronald, Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st Century, Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2004.

Munitiz, Joseph & Philip Endean, Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Personal Writings, London, UK: Penguin Classics, 1996.

Palmer, Parker J., A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Traub, George W. An Ignatian Spirituality Reader: Contemporary Writings on St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, and More. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2008.

Traub, George W., “Do You Speak Ignatian? A Glossary of Terms Used in Ignatian and Jesuit Circles,” in A Jesuit Education Reader, ed., George W. Traub, Chicago IL: Loyola Press, 2008.


  • Deborah Kent


    Deborah Kent is the CEO-Principal of Jesuit College of Spirituality. Deborah is an experienced educator and business administrator. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of Divinity (Catholic Theological College), a Graduate Dipl...