Ignatian Spiritual Direction Initiative
Upcoming Programs and Events

The Spring "Seminar Retreat on Giving the Spiritual Exercises in the 19th Annotation Format to Others" will be held from February 6-9, 2020 at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta. The purpose of this seminar retreat is to offer trained spiritual directors who have made the spiritual exercises an opportunity to explore the dynamics of being a spiritual director for this experience. The seminar is structured in a retreat format including periods of discussion, prayer, silence, and the Ignatian dynamic of individual reflection and group conversation. We will begin with dinner on Thursday, February 6, 2020, and conclude with lunch on Sunday, February 9. The cost is $525 including lodging, meals, program and handout materials (excluding required texts). 

This seminar retreat is full. To be added the waitlist, please contact Lisa Hastings at lhastings@jesuits.org.


Our spring Spiritual Directors Workshop, "The Dynamic of Conversion in Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises" will be on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY. Participate in-person at McQuaid Jesuit High School or live online. This workshop will be presented by Damian Zynda, Th.D., Director of Ignatian Identity at McQuaid Jesuit. 

Participate in person or live online!

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About the Workshop:

God invites and we respond (or not!). That is the dance of the divine-human relationship. This presentation grounds Christian conversion as a dual movement of spiritual maturation and psychological development. As Ignatius intended the Spiritual Exercises as a tool for a “reform of life,” we will look at conversion through the Spiritual Exercises as a process of retrieving one’s divine identity. The morning will combine prayer, self-reflection, input, and reflection on the practice of spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition.

About the Presenter:

Damian Zynda, Th.D. received a doctorate in Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality from the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology in 2004. She holds Certifications in Spiritual Direction from Loyola House, Guelph, Ontario, Supervision of Spiritual Directors from St. Meinrad’s School of Theology in St. Meinrad Indiana, and Advanced Jesuit Studies from Boston College. Currently Damian is the Director of Ignatian Identity at McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, NY. This summer she inaugurates the Spiritual Directors Institute (a two summer Certification in forming people to give the Spiritual Exercises). Since 2004 Damian has been on faculty in the Christian Spirituality and Master of Ministry Programs at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she has formed spiritual directors in the Ignatian Tradition. Damian is the author of Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Disciple Who Revealed the Glory of God (University of Scranton Press, 2010). Damian is an experienced spiritual and retreat director and supervisor who has directed retreats in Spain, Italy, Canada and across the United States.

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Questions? Contact Lisa Hastings at lhastings@jesuits.org.


The Supervision of Spiritual Directors Practicum will take place on May 6–9, 2020, at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA. It is offered to experienced spiritual directors and supervisors who want to deepen their understanding of a contemplative and discerning approach to supervision. The practicum is designed to provide an experience for spiritual directors to discern their call to the ministry of supervision and to affirm and strengthen their competencies in this ministry.

The practicum will begin with dinner on Thursday, May 6, 2020, and conclude with lunch on Saturday, May 9. The cost is $450 including lodging, meals, program and handout materials.

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About the Practicum:

The goal of the practicum is to enable the supervisor to facilitate the ministry of spiritual directors so that directees recognize and integrate God's presence and direction in every aspect of their lives. Through contemplative supervision and discernment, the supervisor grows in a deeper awareness of responses to a perceived presence or absence of God in the ministry of spiritual direction. Through this contemplative stance the supervisor grows in the gifts and competencies of the ministry of supervision.

About the Presenters:

Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, has served as a teacher, spiritual director, retreat director, and supervisor for over thirty years. Kathleen holds a Doctor of Ministry from the Toronto School of Theology and a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA in Spiritual Direction and Supervision. Kathleen has been an adjunct faculty member for the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha for over twenty years and serves on the Spiritual Direction Formation Team at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia. She has given conferences and directed retreats in the US, Canada, the Philippines, Ireland, and the Caribbean. 

Susan Bowers Baker has experience as an educator, administrator and retreat/spiritual director as well as in the formation of others in spiritual direction within the Ignatian tradition.  She holds Masters’ degrees in English and Spiritual Direction/Holistic Spirituality. Susan was on the staff of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville, PA for twenty-five years and served as Director for ten of those years.

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Questions? Contact Lisa Hastings at lhastings@jesuits.org.




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