Ignatian Discernment and Christian Decision-Making

Ignatian Discernment and Christian Decision-Making
Starts from:Mon, April 12, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • GCIS This is the foundational unit in the Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Spirituality
Class Description

Online unit

This unit aims to help participants deepen their understanding and practice of prayer, develop their capacity to identify the Spirit of God in their lives, and grow in the ability to discriminate between that Spirit and other ‘spirits’.  Based on (i) the Rules for discernment of spirits, and (ii) the Election in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, this unit will provide a theoretical framework for personal discernment and decision-making.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. articulate a detailed theoretical understanding of the Rules for Discernment of Spirits in the Spiritual Exercises [313-336];
  2. describe the patterns of spiritual consolation and desolation in their lives, and detail the strategies they have learned to agere contra desolatione (act against desolation);
  3. summarise a detailed theoretical understanding of the Election in the Spiritual Exercises [Sp Ex 169-189];
  4. demonstrate the application of the Election in the Spiritual Exercises [169-189] in the context of a specific decision in their lives.


Dr Michael Loughnane


Dalton McCaughey Library, Reader Room, 29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052

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

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

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


Barry, William. Letting God Come Close: An Approach to the Spiritual Exercises. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Press, 2001.

Fleming, David.  Draw Me into your Friendship: The Spiritual Exercises.  St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996.

Tylenda, Joseph.  A Pilgrim’s Journey: The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola.  Revised edn, San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2001.


  • Michael Loughnane


    Michael has worked as a senior teacher as well as holding significant leadership positions in Catholic schools in Victoria for the past thirty years. He completed his PhD in practical theology in 2008; his thesis had as its focus the essential constituent...