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Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College

an office in the division of university mission and ministry

Joseph O'Keefe, S.J., Director

Welcome to the website of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, a department in the Division of Mission and Ministry at Boston College.

Since its foundation in 1997, the Center has been a resource to enhance the Ignatian and Jesuit character of the University. The Center provides opportunities for communal prayer and individual spiritual direction.  In collaboration with other units on and off campus, the Center sponsors lectures and workshops that raise awareness of the Ignatian worldview.   We invite you to participate in our programs and to take advantage of the many wonderful resources that are linked to our website.  Please contact us if you want further information or if you have thoughts about ways that the Center can serve the religious needs of the Boston College community and beyond.

God bless you.

Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J.




Ignatian Conversations for Women invites you to join us for the 2015 program year. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged. Please consider bringing a friend!

Future sessions: April 23, and TBA May Day of Prayer.

Contact us: (617) 424-0266 or


Themes from the Exercises


Many people at Boston College and beyond have exhibited renewed interest in religion and spirituality.  In particular, there is significant desire to understand and appreciate the worldview of Saint Ignatius Loyola. In one of the instructions of the Spiritual Exercises (Annotation 18), Ignatius recommends that key elements of the full 30-day retreat be made available to a broad range of people. The Center for Ignatian Spirituality and The Jesuit Collaborative are pleased to announce a series of public events to accomplish that goal. Entitled Themes from the Exercises, these sessions will provide a basic introduction to the main topics of the Ignatian Tradition as a perfect starting point for those who want to do the Exercises, and a good follow up for those who already experienced them.

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Check out this video created by The Jesuit Collaboration.
The closing session of the 19th Annotation is featured towards the end of the clip.