Theological Frameworks for the Spiritual Exercises
175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia
INTERNATIONAL LECTURER Fr Pavulraj Michael SJ is an Indian Jesuit belonging to the Madurai Province. He has specialised in Spiritual Theology with a special reference to Ignatian Spirituality in La Universidad de Comillas, Madrid, Spain. He is the Director of Novices and also the editor of the Jesuit Tamil Magazine ‘Thoothan’. He currently teaches spirituality at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome.
DISCIPLINES This unit is a foundational post-graduate unit, cross-listed in the disciplines of Spirituality and Systematic Theology.
This unit will assist supervisors and spiritual directors to develop a deeper appreciation of the range of theological worlds that serve as a background and context to the Spiritual Exercises. This unit explores how images of God (theological and Christological frameworks) emerged from Ignatius particular context – historical, familial, religious affiliation, educational, social, linguistic and cultural. The unit offers theoretical and historical frameworks for a responsible theological and spiritual interpretation of the Spiritual Exercises; it also offers a range of possibilities and strategies for communicating the key content in a contemporary context.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- describe the theological worldview(s) operative in the student’s own meaning-making system and how they have changed since Ignatius’ time and context;
- analyse forces shaping Ignatius’ particular theological world;
- describe and synthesise the intentional and operational images of God and self out of which those who lived in Ignatius’ time might have been operating;
- evaluate the comparisons and contrast between 16thCentury understanding and interpretation of the Exercises and contemporary understandings and interpretations;
- create theological proposals and possibilities for reshaping the ways we interpret and give the Spiritual Exercises in a contemporary context.
Rev Dr Pavulraj Michael SJ
Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
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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INTERNATIONAL GUEST LECTURER
Fr Pavulraj Michael SJ is an Indian Jesuit belonging to the Madurai Province who entered the Society of Jesus in 1984. He was ordained a Priest in 1996 and took his final vows in 2003. Before entering the Society, Fr Michael completed a B.Sc. in Chemistry...