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

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 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

Indicative Bibliography

  • 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)
  • Tetlow, Joseph. Choosing Christ in the World: Directing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2000. (recommended for purchase)
  • Barry, William A, & William J. Connolly. The Practice of Spiritual Direction. San Francisco, CA: Harper, 2009.
  • Barry, William A. Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with God: A Theological Inquiry. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2004.
  • Buckley, Suzanne (ed). Sacred is the Call. New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing, 2005.
  • Cowan, Marian, and Futrell, John C. Companions in grace: a handbook for directors of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2000.
  • Dyckman, Katherine, and L. Patrick Carrol. Inviting the Mystic, Supporting the Prophet: An Introduction to Spiritual Direction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1981.
  • Hamel, J. Thomas. ‘Discovering what Ignatius does not say’, Review for Religious 69/1 (2010), 31-46.
  • Hedberg, T.M., and Caprio, B. A Code of Ethics for Spiritual Directors. Pecos, New Mexico: Dove Publications, 1992.
  • Lonsdale, S.J., David. ‘Traditions of Spiritual Guidance: Towards a Theology of Spiritual Direction’. The Way 32/4 (1992), 312- 319.
  • Marsh, Robert R. ‘Receiving and Rejecting: On Finding a Way in Spiritual Direction’ The Way 45/1 (2006), 7-21.
  • Marsh, Robert R., ‘Imagining Ignatian Spiritual Direction’, The Way 48/3 (2009), 27-42.
  • O’Callaghan, J.F. The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola, with related documents. New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2001.
  • O’Leary, Brian. ‘What is specific to an Ignatian model of spiritual direction?’ The Way 47/1-2 (2008), 9-28.
  • Osorio, Hermann R. ‘Spiritual accompaniment during the Spiritual Exercises according to St. Ignatius of Loyola’. Review of Ignatian Spirituality 108 (2005), 73-91.
  • Ruffing, Janet K. Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

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

3500 50.0
Personal Reflection

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

3500 50.0

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