Theological Frameworks for the Spiritual Exercises

Theological Frameworks for the Spiritual Exercises
Starts from:Thu, August 1, 2019 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • INTERNATIONAL LECTURER Rev Dr James Hanvey SJ is the Master of Campion Hall, Oxford and is also a member of Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology and Religion. His particular research and teaching interests are in the areas of Trinitarian Theology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Catholic Social Thought as well as Ignatian Spirituality.
  • DISCIPLINES This unit is a foundational post-graduate unit, cross-listed in the disciplines of Spirituality and Systematic Theology.
Class Description

DS8261J / CT8261J is the face-to-face unit code

DS8269J / CT8269J is the online unit code (online students will have access to recordings of the lectures within 48 hours of the scheduled class.  All material will be available on ARK.)

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe the theological worldview(s) operative in the student’s own meaning-making system and how they have changed since Ignatius’ time and context;
  2. analyse forces shaping Ignatius’ particular theological world;
  3. 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;
  4. evaluate the comparisons and contrast between 16thCentury understanding and interpretation of the Exercises and contemporary understandings and interpretations;
  5. create theological proposals and possibilities for reshaping the ways we interpret and give the Spiritual Exercises in a contemporary context.


Rev Dr James Hanvey SJ


Session 1 – Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd August 2019

Session 2 – Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August 2019

Session 3 – Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd August 2019


9:00am to 5:00pm daily


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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  • James Hanvey SJ


    James Hanvey SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1975 and was ordained in 1983. His D.Phil (Oxon) was on the subject of constructing a contemporary metaphysics of the doctrine of the Trinity in Hegel, Barth and Rahner. After a period as Headmaster of the J...