Heart and Mind: A journey with St Ignatius of Loyola

Heart and Mind: A journey with St Ignatius of Loyola
Starts from:Mon, January 17, 2022
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Guest Lecturer Camilla Russell is currently based in Rome as Editor of Publications, Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu (IHSI), at Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu (ARSI); she also holds the position of Invited Lecturer at Pontificia Università Gregoriana and ‘Roma Tre’ University.
  • 2021 This unit is not being offered in 2020 however, will be considered in the planning of the 2021 timetable. If you are interested in studying this unit, please email us at enquiries@jcs.edu.au to register your interest.
Class Description

Online Unit

This unit aims to help students explore Ignatian spirituality through the study of primary sources. By means of a careful reading of the key texts of the Autobiography, the Spiritual Exercises, the Spiritual Diary and the Letters of Ignatius, and with the help of commentaries, students will explore the frameworks and practice of Ignatian spirituality. While these foundational texts will be the basis of the unit, some aspects of contemporary interpretations of the Ignatian tradition will also be explored.

Ignatius in Context: Exploring the First 100 years of the Society of Jesus (1540–1640)

This unit will explore the Ignatian tradition by focusing on the first century of the Society of Jesus (1540–1640) through three main themes:

  1. the early Society, from Ignatius to his closet collaborators and successors;
  2. the Society’s uncertain steps and consolidations at the turn of the seventeenth century;
  3. Jesuit expansion throughout the early-modern world.

Through these themes, the distinctly Ignatian  “way of proceeding” – from the Spiritual Exercisesto “seeing God in all things” – will be explored through the historical contexts that produced the Jesuit tradition which has come down to us today.

Dr Camilla Russell leads the course in 2018 with a teaching and research background in early-modern history (specialising in the early history of the Society of Jesus) and her current role as Editor of Jesuit historical publications at the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus.

The intensive course will be structured around lectures with visual aids, interactive seminars, student-led discussion and group work, based on readings of original sources in translation and leading scholarly studies in the field.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. articulate a critical understanding of the life of Ignatius Loyola and his particular contribution to the Christian spiritual tradition;
  2. reflect critically upon key texts in the Ignatian tradition;
  3. assess the Ignatian tradition and its subsequent use and development by others;
  4. compare contemporary interpretations of the Ignatian tradition;
  5. evaluate the theological frameworks and components of Ignatian spirituality and demonstrate a personal integration of the key themes for contemporary practice.


Dr Camilla Russell

Dr Russell is the author of the monograph, Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century Italy (Brepols, 2006), as well as a number of articles on religious and cultural history in the early modern period. Her current research includes European responses to the Jesuit overseas missionary enterprise, and the development of a “collective biography” of Italian Jesuits, 1540-1640, based principally on self-narrative sources. All of her research is underpinned by an abiding interest in the history of ideas and the history of religious cultures in the pre-modern world.


This unit was delivered in 2018 and will be delivered again in 2021-2022.


To be advised


Jesuit College of Spirituality

FEES – For 10 cp units. Double for 20 cp units.

Students enrolled for academic credit | $2,266 Domestic Students | $2,925 International Students

Audit students (not for academic credit) | $1,133


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

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.

Haight, Roger. Christian Spirituality for Seekers: Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.

García de Castro, José, “Ignatius of Loyola and His First Companions.”  A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola. Boston, MA, Leiden: Brill 2014, 66-83.


  • Camilla Russell


    Dr Camilla Russell was educated at the University of Melbourne, with a BA (Hons), and MA in History, and in 2003 she obtained her PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has studied at the University of Pisa, Italy, and held lectures...