Ignatian Spirituality

The rediscovery of individual retreat direction in the 1970s owed much to contemporary developments in non-directive counselling. In a similar way, Ignatian spirituality today might benefit from looking at work now being done in the field of positive psychology, according to two British Jesuits.Writing in the latest edition of The Way, Dr Roger Dawson SJ and Dr Nicholas Austin SJ focus on the process of identifying what lies at the core of spiritual consolation and the significance of...
In a culture that can seem obsessed with celebrity, that even grades them A-List, B-List etc. – the church celebrated on Sunday 29th June two of our foremost saints.  Saints Peter and Paul have been called the indispensable men of the early church: Peter who has the unique authority that Jesus conferred to him, who is given the keys to heaven, Petrus the Rock on which Jesus says "I will build my Church".  And Paul, the great missionary, who first takes the news of the...
I was born in Liverpool and started at the Jesuit College there at the age of 8. My dominant memory of my 10 and a half years at St Francis Xavier's was of friendly Jesuits, particularly the young Jesuits doing there regency, who took us for hikes and supervised sports. From there, I went to Liverpool University to find one of my teachers there as Chaplain, Fr Vincent Wilkin SJ. At first, the chaplaincy was not my dominant interest but then they put on a play and I was given a minor part...
St Bede’s Pastoral Centre in York is offering  Ignatian Spirituality Accompaniment Training over 2015 and 2016.This ecumenical course aims to provide a foundation for learning to accompany others on their faith journey.  It is based on the Ignatian tradition, drawing its inspiration from the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola and is suitable for those who already have some background in spirituality and faith accompaniment.Over the two year course aspects of the...
One of five children in a family that moved house every four or five years, I seem from an early age to have been prepared for Jesuit life! I first met a Jesuit at school. He was a gentle man with a great capacity to engage with young children. He taught us prayers to the Sacred Heart but also snooker and bridge. He remembered our birthdays and kept an eye on us when we were unwell.I think the idea of being a priest and a Jesuit was somewhere in my mind from quite a young age and I first spoke...
I have been working in the field of Ignatian spirituality since 1978, shortly after ordination, in most of the retreat or spirituality centres of the Jesuits in Britain. My final formation year as a Jesuit was spent in an international group in Japan and the Philippines. In that year I was drawn to the shared insights of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Zen practice. I found it an enriching time which opened my own spiritual horizons in a significant and inclusive way. Since that time I...
Prayer is different things to different people:a conversation with Godpaying loving attention to Godreflection on God’s presencea request for help from GodFinding God in all things is at the heart of Ignatian Spirituality. We try to grow in our awareness that God can be found in all people, in all of Creation, actively at work in the world.  Our way of praying helps us to pay more attention to God, and helps us understand and identify His actions in our lives and in the world...

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