Overview of the Arrupe® Program
The Arrupe® Program is the approved national program of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus for the formation of Givers of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Spiritual Directors in the Ignatian tradition. The Arrupe®Program is concomitant with and adjunct to the Master of Spiritual Direction (MSD) degree offered by Australian Catholic University (ACU), yet distinct from it. The decision about whether to grant Arrupe® accreditation to a candidate is made by a board appointed by the Jesuit Provincial in consultation with the Coordinator of the Arrupe® Program and others involved in the candidate’s formation.
The Program Coordinator is Dr Micheál Loughnane, who works for the Australian Province and is responsible for recruiting suitable students into this supplementary program that offers accompaniment, enrichment and mentoring in their academic and personal formation towards becoming accredited givers of the Spiritual Exercises.