In this unit, students acquire the skills and competencies needed to become directors of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition. Under supervision, the student will guide two retreatants through either: (i) the Retreat in Daily Life over 35 weeks, or (ii) the full one-month (30-day) experience. If the student is directing the full one-month experience, supervision will occur on a daily basis. If the student is directing the Retreat in Daily Life over 30 weeks, supervision occurs on a fortnightly basis.

Unit Code: DD9289J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spiritual Direction

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the role and stance of an Ignatian director, particularly as set out by Saint Ignatius in the Annotations to the Spiritual Exercises


Evaluate personal capacity to adapt the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises to particular retreatants


Analyse the Rules for Discernment of Spirits and identity the ways in which ‘spirits’ work in a retreatant


Articulate and evaluate the decision-making process outlined in the Exercises


Evaluate their gifts, abilities and limitations as a giver of the Exercises

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: DD8241J Spiritual Exercises Practice A and DD8251J Spiritual Exercises Practice B Or Previous 30 unit: DD8819F/DD8829F

Prohibited combinations: Old Code: DD9107F Old Code: DS9107F Old name: Supervised Retreat Direction


Guided reading/instruction and individual ministry supervision


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

6000-word Directory on giving the Exercises under supervision. This will include self-reflective practice review, and reflection on required skills, resources and challenges within each Week of the Exercises, linked to the literature.

6000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-03 13:19:54 +1000