Courses are organized by how they relate to the Ignatian Spiritual Formation program however are open for registration to all. Loyola Institute for Spirituality offers the below listed courses every year throughout the year. Additional subjects may be offered seasonally and can be found at the bottom of this page. Sign up for our mailing list to receive notices for all upcoming course offerings.
Phase 1: Ignatian Spiritual Formation
September 3 &10, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The starting point for the ISFP considers the life path that the participant has taken to date. Attention is given to personal background and roots, experience and milestones, and turning points and transitions that have been significant. Introduction to journaling is included.
Christian Prayer: Following a Journey of Heart and Imagination
September 17 to October 22, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Prayer is essential to deepening a personal relationship with God. It helps to build a sense of intimacy, of awareness that God is living and present in every aspect of life. This course explores some key elements of prayer: desire, grace, imagination, and the affections, and also obstacles to growth in a life of prayer.
Biblical Foundations of Christian Spirituality: Embracing Scripture as a Gift for Spiritual Growth
November 5 to December 17, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Scriptures are a basic and powerful resource for exploring life and values. Both the Old and New Testaments offer wisdom to guide us on our spiritual journey. This course encourages a prayerful reading of Scripture, as we explore how it helps to enrich prayer and Christian living.
History of christian spirituality
January to February 11, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This course explores the nature, origin, and historical development of Christian spirituality, while examining in greater depth some of the most significant Christian spiritualities. Participants will have the opportunity to gain greater understanding of the past, present, and future development of their own spiritualities.
Human Development and Spiritual Maturing: Exploring a Holistic Path to Mature Faith
February18 to March 25, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Spiritual life does not exist in a vacuum, separate from our growth as individual persons. A healthy life involves the integration of our desires, affections and imagination into an inner awareness of freedom and wholeness. This course explores our process of integration through reflective exercises and other practices
Ignatian Discernment: Learning to Nurture our Spiritual Gifts for Making Life Choices
April 8 to May 13, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
From an early age, we are asked to build a process for decision-making, often focused on personal benefits or life circumstances. This course introduces a deeper, spiritually grounded approach, discernment, which invites us to explore a variety of interior ‘movements,’ following the full range of our emotions, imagination, desires, reason, etc., in order to unite our choices more completely into our walk with God.
1 session - Date TBA
This session will integrate spiritual formation experienced throughout this first year of ISFP. These reflections constitute the personal “Sacred Story” which is a summary of the specifically spiritually growth that has emerged.
Phase 2: Ignatian ministry training
Spiritual Companioning: Enriching our Gifts for Accompanying Others in their Spiritual Walk
Embracing a deeper spiritual walk is not something that can be realized in isolation. A spiritual companion is an invaluable gift in learning to recognize the unique ways God helps us to find our truest path in life. This course provides a model for spiritual guidance, based in empathic listening and evocative responses. It includes reflective reading, small group work, and spiritual accompaniment, to hone the sensitivities necessary to assist others in hearing God’s voice in their daily experiences.
Discernment of Spirits: Learning to Recognize the Interior Movements of Spirit in our Lives
St. Ignatius provided a detailed process for learning to understand our inner spiritual movements--the ‘spirits’ which impact our thoughts, emotions, and decisions. Exploring the experiences of spiritual consolation and desolation, we learn to guide others into a deeper awareness of their own inner spiritual journey. This course includes case studies and practical application of companioning skills.
Ignatian Leadership: Developing the Inner Wisdom to Guide Others in Ministry and Service
In contemporary Western culture, we regularly confront discussion of leaders and ‘leadership styles.’ Often these are little more than management strategies—of personnel, resources, and corporate benefits. Ignatian leadership focuses instead on knowledge of self, creative flexibility in a world of change, heroic aspirations, and serving others with love—all aimed at furthering God’s richest intentions for all people. This course will explore the emergence of these leadership values over time, and how they can be applied in everyday life.
Structure and Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises: Fostering a Deeper Experience of the Spiritual Riches of the Exercises of Ignatius
Ignatius gifted the world with a marvelous retreat process for the deepening of spiritual growth—the Spiritual Exercises. Divided into 4 parts, or ‘weeks,’ the Exercises offer retreatants an opportunity for a fuller, contemplative awareness of God (especially through the Scriptures). This course unpacks the dynamics of the retreat as they unfold in the experience of retreatants growing in freedom and prudence.
Practicum in spiritual ministry
The Practicum is a process of exploring ministerial opportunities—directing retreats, days of prayer, workshops, presentations, companioning, etc., under the mentoring of experienced teachers and practitioners. This course helps to deepen the skills and insights of those who hope to companion spiritual seekers in their ministry. The Practicum is ongoing throughout the year of Phase 2.
The Catholic Bible Institute (CBI-Orange) is a three-year program that involves a comprehensive study of the Sacred Scriptures, with particular focus on methods of biblical study, sharing and praying with scripture, and application of skills in Bible-study leadership. Courses may be taken individually or in a cohort for certification.