Heart and Mind: A journey with St Ignatius of Loyola

Heart and Mind: A journey with St Ignatius of Loyola
Starts from:Mon, August 6, 2018 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Campus Location

29 College Crescent,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.
Class Description

DS9211J is the face-to-face unit

DS9219J is the 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.

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.


Monday 6th to Friday 10th August 2018 (one-week intensive)


9.00am to 5.00pm daily


Centre for Theology & Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052


For academic credit                       $2,400

Not for academic credit                $1,200


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...