In this unit students will undertake an in-depth study of their experience of the four “Weeks” of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as an Exercitant. Because a director’s lived experience of the Spiritual Exercises is his or her main resource, the unit will also help the student to reflect on and deepen his or her experience of the retreat.

Unit Code: DS8059J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Synthesise their lived experience of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola


Distinguish the different modes of the Exercises, namely the purgative or healing mode (The First Week), the illuminative mode (The Second Week) and the unitive mode (The Third and Fourth Weeks)


Articulate the graces received during the Spiritual Exercises


Situate the experience of the Spiritual Exercises in the context of his or her life journey

Unit sequence

Participants will have made the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, either as a 30-day experience (the 20th Annotation retreat), or as a 35-week experience (the 19th Annotation retreat). Experience in directing retreats or in giving spiritual direction will not be required. Prohibited combinations: DS8051J OR DS8059J (not both) Old codes: DS9101F and DS9199F


Synchronous: (16 hours) Virtual groups of five students will meet together online with the lecturer once a week for 90 minutes at a pre-assigned time using Adobe Connect or Skype to share their learnings in relation to the prescribed reading on ARK.

Asynchronous: (20 hours) Readings, personal reflection, participation in online forums and written assignments.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Integrative essay of 5,000 words

5000 90.0
Document Study

Engagement with and contribution to Skype discussions and online forums, (equivalent to 1000 words minimum).

1000 10.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-13 11:16:01 +1000