Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program

Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS) recognizes the spiritual hunger of people in search of a deeper and more meaningful faith experience in contemporary times. This felt need creates increasing demands for spiritual development, especially for lay leaders in the church and society. LIS strives to address this reality through the Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program (ISFP), which provides an opportunity to form lay leaders and LIS Associates, who will collaborate with LIS and/or local faith communities in spiritual ministry.  ISFP strives to make spiritual experiences and formation as practical and accessible as possible for people involved in spiritual ministries.

"The Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program courses during the first year helped me to deepen my relationship with God through prayer, growing spiritual maturity, and discernment."

- ISFP Program Graduate

Phase I

The Studies in Ignatian Spirituality are offered as evening courses. These offerings explore the various areas of spirituality within an Ignatian framework. They emphasize practical knowledge and incorporate the following methods:


  1. Input and process following an adult education model;

  2. Personal integration through experiential and theological reflection;

  3. Case studies and role modeling when appropriate; and

  4. Handouts, resources and reading materials as needed.

Phase I (Studies in Ignatian Spirituality) is open to everyone who desires personal spiritual formation and growth for ministry.  (Interested persons either may apply for Phase I, which includes all five course offerings, or may register for individual courses of interest).

Phase I courses are held on Thursday evenings at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Courses and descriptions are listed below. 


For more information, please contact Br. Charlie Jackson, S.J., at 714-997-9587 ext. 109 or jackson@loyolainstitute.org.



SP1-04: Human Development & Spiritual Maturing

Feb. 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020


SP1-02: Biblical Foundations in Spirituality

Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 2019


SP1-05: Ignatian Discernment

April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2020

Instructor:  Fr. John Galvan, S.J.
This course explores the subject of discernment and its impacts on the spiritual life and daily living.  The introductory treatment of Ignatian discernment entails examinig the concepts of consolation and desolation, spiritual movements and counter-movements, discerning our interior experiences.  The major principles of Ignatian discernment will be explored.


SP1-03: History of Christian Spirituality

Jan. 2, 9, 16, 22, 30, Feb. 6, 2020


After completing Phase I those who desire to continue their  formation can apply for Phase II (Spiritual Exercises) and Phase III (Practicum). 

Phase II:  Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola is offered to second-year participants pending application and acceptance into Phase II of the Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program. The nine month "Retreat in Everyday Life" (or "19th Annotation Retreat") involves daily prayer and reflection, weekly spiritual direction, and monthly evening faith-sharing sessions. As part of the preparation for the Spiritual Exercises, candidates should be in spiritual direction with one of the available spiritual directors.

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Phase III

Participants who have completed both Phase I & Phase II of the Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program will have the opportunity for more advanced training in Ignatian Spirituality.  Application and acceptance into the third year is required.  

Phase III courses are held on Tuesday evenings at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Courses and descriptions are listed below. 

For more information, please contact Br. Charlie Jackson, S.J., at 714-997-9587 ext. 109 or jackson@loyolainstitute.org.

Instructor: Sr. Jeanne Fallon, C.S.J

This third-year course introduces a contemplative, discerning model for spiritual companioning.  It aims to develop the basic skills necessary in spiritual guidance such as empathic listening and evocative responses.  This course involves reading, intensive small group works and spiritual accompaniment, with a focus on evaluating and enhancing the quality of the spiritual guidance process.

SP3-04: Structure & Dynamics of the Spir. Exer.

Instructor: Br. Charlie Jackson, S.J.

This advanced course examines the theoretical foundations, structure, and movements of the four weeks of the    Spiritual Exercises, including the key meditations and annotations. This course is essential for facilitators of the Exercises to develop the necessary theoretical understanding to effectively direct other people through the Spiritual Exercises with discerning freedom and prudence.  The course involves intensive reading and discussion.

Instructor: Br. Charlie Jackson, S.J.

This advanced discernment course explores the theoretical foundation and practical applications of the Ignatian Rules for the Discernment of Spirits.  This course involves a deeper exploration into the experience of consolation and desolation, especially the more subtle spiritual movements using the Second Week Rules. It includes intensive reading, discussion, case studies and practical application to the spiritual companioning process.

SP3-PR: Practicum

This year-long practicum experience consists of engaging in ministerial opportunities, such as directing retreats, days of prayer, workshops, presentations, spiritual companioning, etc., under the direction and mentoring of the LIS staff. This ongoing practicum, which constitutes practical application of the third-year experience, helps to deepen the participant’s skills, experience and affirms the call to spiritual ministry.

Instructor: Fr. David Robinson, S.J.

This third-year course focuses on deepening leadership skills for ministry in Ignatian spirituality. This involves reading and discussion of the key characteristics of an Ignatian style of leadership. It also includes activities designed to develop practical skills, including leading prayer services, facilitating faith-sharing groups, making presentations, and similar activities.

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