Ignatian Discernment and Christian Decision-Making

Ignatian Discernment and Christian Decision-Making
Starts from:Mon, July 9, 2018 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Campus Location

29 College Crescent,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Guest Lecturer Prof. José García de Castro Valdés is the Professor of Theology at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid where he teaches various subjects related to Ignatian charism, history and theology.
Class Description

DS8011J is the face-to-face unit

DS8019J is the 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.


Rev Dr Jose Garcia de Castro Valdes SJ


Monday 9th to Friday 13th July 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


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.