The Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises

The Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises
Starts from:Sun, October 24, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Available Face-to-Face and Online
  • 2021 This unit is not being offered in 2020 however, will be considered in the planning of the 2021 timetable. If you are interested in studying this unit, please email us at to register your interest.
Class Description

Online Class

This unit will provide an in-depth study of the four “Weeks” of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It will approach the Weeks of the Exercises from the perspective of the purgative or healing mode (The First Week), the illuminative mode (The Second Week), and the unitive mode (The Third and Fourth Weeks). The dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises — the way in which the various elements relate and interact with each other — will also be explored.


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

  1. describe and demonstrate an understanding of the different modes (or “Weeks”) of the Exercises, namely the purgative or healing mode (The First Week), the illuminative mode (The Second Week), and the unitive mode (The Third and Fourth Weeks);
  2. articulate and illustrate the significance of the Annotations for both Exercitant and director;
  3. identify in the Second Week the interplay between the key meditations and the Election;
  4. give an overview of the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises.


Prof. Maryanne Confoy RSC and Dr Michael Loughnane


This unit was offered in 2019 and will be offered again in 2021-2022.


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


Dyckman, Katherine et al. The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2001.

Fleming, David. Draw Me into your Friendship: The Spiritual Exercises. St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996.

Ivens, Michael. Understanding the Spiritual ExercisesSurrey: Inigo Enterprises, 1998.

  • 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...

  • Michael Loughnane


    Michael has worked as a senior teacher as well as holding significant leadership positions in Catholic schools in Victoria for the past thirty years. He completed his PhD in practical theology in 2008; his thesis had as its focus the essential constituent...