Supervised Giving of the Exercises
175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia
Pre-requisites DD8241J Spiritual Exercises: Practice A and DD8251J Spiritual Exercises: Practice B (or equivalent)
DD9281J / DS9281J
In this unit, students acquire the skills and competencies needed to become directors of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition. Under supervision, the student will guide two retreatants through either:
(i) the Retreat in Daily Life over 35 weeks, or
(ii) the full one-month (30-day) experience.
If the student is directing the full one-month experience, it is recommended students receive supervision every second day. If the student is directing the Retreat in Daily Life over 30 weeks, it is recommended students receive supervision on a fortnightly basis.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- outline the role and stance of an Ignatian director, particularly as set out by Saint Ignatius in the Annotations to the Spiritual Exercises;
- evaluate personal capacity to adapt the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises to particular retreatants;
- analyse the Rules for Discernment of Spirits and identity the ways in which ‘spirits’ work in a retreatant;
- articulate and evaluate the decision-making process outlined in the Exercises;
- evaluate their gifts, abilities and limitations as a giver of the Exercises.
Prof. Maryanne Confoy RSC
This is a full year unit (24 points).
Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
For academic credit $2,448
Not for academic credit $1,224
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Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC is a Religious Sister of Charity and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Pilgrim Theological College and University of Divinity. Maryanne and Michael Smith established the foundation of the Arrupe® Program and was one of its first...