"The Ignatian Charism for the World Today: An International Immersion Course on Ignatian Spirituality"

Applications are now being accepted for "The Ignatian Charism for the World Today: An International Immersion Course on Ignatian Spirituality," which is offered by the "Cova Sant Ignasi" International Center for Spirituality in Manresa, Spain. The course, offered in English, is limited to 35 participants, and applications will be accepted through mid-September 2017.

Since 2011, the "Cova Sant Ignasi" International Center for Spirituality of Manresa, Spain, offers a course called “The Ignatian Charism for the World Today" aimed at the members of the broad Ignatian Family -- that is to say, Jesuits, members of other Congregations inspired in the Ignatian charism and lay persons working in our Institutions, mainly in executive or pastoral positions. This Course is entirely run in English. So far 246 persons have attended this Course (around 35 per year) coming from 49 different countries.

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About the Course:

The Course Objective:

The Ignatian charism has clearly a valuable contribution to make to Christian life in our world today. This course provides an opportunity to study the legacy of Ignatius of Loyola in some depth, both as an inspiration for authentic Christian living in contemporary society and Church, and as a means for the spiritual formation of individuals and groups. The Course is geared to the broad Ignatian family (Jesuits, members of other religious institutes and lay people) and it will be run in English.

The Course Program:

We begin by looking at the personal experience of Ignatius, the pilgrim, an experience which sheds light on how people come to grow in Christian life. Then, after an 8-day individually guided Ignatian retreat, we will approach the Spiritual Exercises from a mystagogical and pedagogical angle. An overview of Ignatius’ oeuvre will culminate in a study of the Jesuit “Formula of the Institute” and of the Constitutions. The whole course will conclude with sessions on the theology and spirituality which flow from the life and teachings of Ignatius, and with an analysis of the various projects for Christian living which continue to emerge from Ignatian spirituality.

The Course Method:

Lectures will take place alongside personal study and an on-going dialogue aimed to helping participants to integrate their various experiences. It will be an important part of the method to live in a place where Ignatius himself spent an important part of his life (Manresa) and to visit various other Ignatian sites (Montserrat, Loyola, Javier), so that the study can be vivid and contextualised. This quality of spiritual experience will be a constant theme throughout the course as will appropriate times of prayer and Eucharistic celebration.

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