In this unit, students will be prepared for the ministry of spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition and for giving the full Spiritual Exercises under supervision. Students will practice spiritual direction skills in daily quad groups and learn how to use Ignatian frameworks and adapted forms of the Exercises to help directees explore their spiritual experience.

Unit Code: DD8241J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spiritual Direction

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a detailed understanding of how the Spiritual Exercises are a resource for spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition;


Describe the dispositions and key skills required for spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition


Reflect under supervision in quad groups, a practical ability to provide spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition


Demonstrate an aptitude, under supervision in quad groups, for helping others in their personal discernment

Unit sequence

• DD8221J/ DD8229J Spiritual Exercises Theory 1; and • the experience of making the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, either as a 30-day experience (the 20th Annotation retreat), or as a 30-week experience — (the 19th Annotation retreat).

Prohibited combinations: Old Code: DD8991J / DD8992J archived: DD8819F


Lectures and supervised practice in quad groups


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Personal Reflection

3500-word written self-reflective practice review on quad work (linked to the literature)

3500 50.0

3500-word written assignment on spiritual direction theory and practice in the Ignatian tradition

3500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-29 15:08:34 +1100