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:Wed, August 5, 2020 1:00PM - 5:00PM
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

DS9371J is the face-to-face unit

DS9379J is the online unit (recorded lectures will be available 48 hours after the classes via ARK)

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


Session 1 – Thursday 6th, Friday 7th & Saturday 8th August 2020

Session 2 – Thursday 13th, Friday 14th & Saturday 15th August 2020

Session 3 – Thursday 20th, Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd August 2020


1:00pm to 5:00pm daily


Nadal Classroom

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


For academic credit                       $2,640

Not for academic credit                $1,320


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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...