Building on the unit DD8981J or DD8988J Spiritual Exercises Theory 1, the student will focus their knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises. In this unit the student will use biblical and theological interpretative frameworks to explore the history of the Spiritual Exercises and focused topics in depth.

Unit code: DD8231J

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Spiritual Direction

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning outcomes


Articulate a detailed knowledge within a focused area of the history, theory, context and content of the Spiritual Exercises


Demonstrate a theologically and scripturally informed knowledge of particular dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises


Analyse a focused aspect of the Spiritual Exercises in light of foundational Ignatian themes


Apply an appropriate theoretical framework for personal discernment and decision-making

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: DD8221J / DD8229J Spiritual Exercises Theory 1 Prohibited combinations: Old Code: DD8981J / DD8982J or DD8988F/DD8989F (online)


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, facilitated interaction in small groups

Indicative Bibliography

  • Coogan, Michael David, Marc Zvi Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, and Pheme Perkins. The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version: with the Apocrypha: An Ecumenical Study Bible. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2010. (recommended for purchase)
  • Fleming, David L. Draw Me into your Friendship: The Spiritual Exercises. St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996. (recommended for purchase)
  • Ivens, Michael. Understanding the Spiritual Exercises. Surrey, UK: Inigo Enterprises, 1998. (recommended for purchase)


  • Aschenbrenner, George A. Stretched for Greater Glory: What to Expect from the Spiritual Exercises. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Press, 2004.
  • Barry, William A. Letting God Come Close: An Approach to the Spiritual Exercises. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Press, 2001.
  • Cusson, Gilles. Biblical Theology and the Spiritual Exercises: A Method Toward a Personal Experience of God as Accomplishing Within Us His Plan of Salvation. Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1998.
  • Dyckman, Katherine et al. The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women. Manwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2001.
  • Gallagher, Timothy M. Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits. New York, NY: Crossroad, 2007.
  • Gallagher, Timothy M. The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living. New York, NY: Crossroad, 2005.
  • Ignatius, Joseph A. Munitiz, Philip Endean, and Ignatius. Personal Writings: Reminiscences, Spiritual Diary, Select Letters Including the Text of The Spiritual Exercises. London, UK: Penguin Books, 1996.
  • Lonsdale, David. Dance to the Music of the Spirit: The Art of Discernment. London, UK: Dartman, Longman, Todd, 1992.
  • O’Callaghan, Joseph F. The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola, with related documents. New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2001.
  • Schemel, George & Judith Roemer. Beyond Individuation to Discipleship. Scranton, PA: Institute for Contemporary Spirituality, University of Scranton, 2000.
  • Tetlow, Joseph. Choosing Christ in the World: Directing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2000.
  • Toner, Jules J. Discerning God's Will. St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1991.
  • Tylenda, Joseph N. A Pilgrim’s Journey: The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola, revised ed. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3000-word written essay

3000 45.0
Oral Presentation

Class presentation of 15 minutes (equivalent to 1000 words)

1000 10.0

3000-word written essay

3000 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000