In this unit, students will explore how the three interconnected elements of Ignatian spirituality — identity, vocation and mission — play out in their lives. Students will be guided to address such fundamental questions as: Who am I before God? What are my deepest desires? With whom am I called to be? Where do I belong? What am I called to do? How am I generative in my life? Answers to these questions will be informed by the Christian vision of the world rooted in the experience and writings of the sixteenth-century Basque saint, Ignatius of Loyola. He documents his encounter with God is these writings particularly in the Spiritual Exercises. The dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises will be used as a template for spiritual growth.

Unit Code: DS9299J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse use of the graces prayed for in the four “Weeks” of the Spiritual Exercises as a guiding matrix


Describe the Ignatian understanding of the interplay between imagination, desire and mission


Outline the development of a discerned sense of missional identity as informed by prayer and spiritual conversation


Synthesise their lived experience with the identity, vocation, mission dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: Old code: DS9110J


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, facilitated interaction in small groups.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

7000-word integrative essay

7000 100.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-01 14:22:48 +1100