Identity, Vocation and Mission
175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia
MODE OF STUDY This unit is available online only.
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:
- analyse use of the graces prayed for in the four “Weeks” of the Spiritual Exercises as a guiding matrix;
- describe the Ignatian understanding of the interplay between imagination, desire and mission;
- outline the development of a discerned sense of missional identity as informed by prayer and spiritual conversation;
- synthesise their lived experience with the identity, vocation, mission dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises.
Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
Students enrolled for academic credit | $2,266 Domestic Students | $2,925 International Students
Audit students (not for academic credit) | $1,133
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