The Institute of Spirituality offers a private specialist degree in spiritual exercises, in collaboration with the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca. The aim of this course is to provide religious brothers and sisters, priests, laymen and laywomen, formators and pastoral agents with the knowledge and experience to direct the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. The curriculum covers both theoretical and practical elements. The theoretical part corresponds to six sessions divided evenly over the course of three years. In these expert-led sessions, students study the entire Ignatian text, its interpretation and method of application.
The practical part of the course consist in writing up reports on the corresponding sessions, tutor guidance, active participation in sessions and the creation of an eight-day project of Exercises.
The University’s Specialist Degree in Spiritual Exercises, a private degree awarded by the Comillas Pontifical University, is based on theoretical study of the Ignatian text and offers a practical introduction to leading and directing the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.
Who is it intended for?
The study sessions for the next University Specialist Degree (2015-2018) will be held in Salamanca and will begin on Wednesday February 8, 2016 at 09:30.
The program covers the entire Ignatian text, presents the interpretation of this work and how it can be applied. It is a three-year course and combines both theoretical and practical learning.
The theoretical elementis divided over six modules or weekly sessions (Monday to Friday) taught throughout the three years (see program dates). Each session will be led by an expert on the subject and will conclude with the production of a 10-page report.
The practical element consists of active participation (observing, guiding and proposing) in some form of the Exercises and in the production of a final report with the eight-day Exercises project. Each practical activity will be reflected through the production of a ten-page report.
Each student will be assigned a tutor who will guide them through their studies and monitor their practical activities. The team from the School of Exercises will coordinate the planning, practical activities and tutorial monitoring.