Ignatian Mysticism in the World: Reconciliation and Justice after a Secular Age

Ignatian Mysticism in the World: Reconciliation and Justice after a Secular Age
Starts from:Sun, October 24, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • INTERNATIONAL GUEST LECTURER Gordon Rixon, S.J. has completed undergraduate studies in philosophy and mathematics, a Master of Divinity and Licentiate in Theology, and doctoral studies in theology. Gordon comes to teach with us from Canada.
Class Description

Online Unit

This unit explores Ignatian mystical spirituality as a resource for the construction of religious narratives that contribute to intentional, social transformation in a secular context. Students develop a transdisciplinary approach to ecological, social, cultural and ecclesial reconciliation. They will also develop an understanding of the evolution of a religious and cultural recognition of the autonomous rights of indigenous peoples. Elements of recognition theory and transitional justice are introduced through a discussion of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools.


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

  1. Identify  the principles of Ignatian mystical spirituality and apply them in the construction of an intentional religious narrative that contributes to social transformation in a secular context;
  2. Apply their knowledge of recognition, vulnerability and transitional justice theory to their own ministry and context;
  3. Propose a transdisciplinary approach to ecological, social, cultural and ecclesial reconciliation;
  4. Identify a relevant research question or problem, apply a relevant, critical methodology, and formulate and support a well-defined thesis statement with a reasoned argument and evaluated evidence.


Rev Dr Gordon Rixon SJ


Nadal Classroom

Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

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


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  • Gordon Rixon SJ


    Gordon Rixon, S.J. completed undergraduate studies in philosophy and mathematics at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, a Master of Divinity and Licentiate in Theology at Regis College, Toronto, and doctoral studies in theology at Boston College. I...