Supervised Giving of the Exercises

Supervised Giving of the Exercises
Starts from:Tue, May 18, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Pre-requisites DD8241J Spiritual Exercises: Practice A and DD8251J Spiritual Exercises: Practice B (or equivalent)
Class Description

This unit is a full-year (10 point) unit being offered in both Semester 1 and Semester 2, 2021.

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:

  1. outline the role and stance of an Ignatian director, particularly as set out by Saint Ignatius in the Annotations to the Spiritual Exercises;
  2. evaluate personal capacity to adapt the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises to particular retreatants;
  3. analyse the Rules for Discernment of Spirits and identity the ways in which ‘spirits’ work in a retreatant;
  4. articulate and evaluate the decision-making process outlined in the Exercises;
  5. evaluate their gifts, abilities and limitations as a giver of the Exercises.


Prof. Maryanne Confoy RSC


This is a full year unit (20 points).


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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  • Maryanne Confoy RSC


    Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC is a Religious Sister of Charity. Maryanne and Michael Smith established the foundation of the Arrupe® Program and was one of its first lecturers and supervisors. She is a Fellow of the University of Divinity. Maryanne has comp...