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Programs at the Institute

The Institute’s programs provide unique encounters for scholars and students from around the globe to engage with one another as they deepen their understanding and appreciation of the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus.


Each fall, the Feore Family Lecture on Jesuit Studies celebrates outstanding contributions to the field of Jesuit Studies. Invited speakers include Georgetown's John O'Malley, S.J., historian John Padberg, S.J., and Notre Dame's John McGreevy. The Institute presents the lecturers with the George E. Ganss, S.J. Award, named in honor of the founder of Jesuit Sources.

The International Symposia on Jesuit Studies, crossing thematic, chronological, and disciplinary boundaries, offer annual opportunities for academic exchanges. Symposia have a global impact, attracting a worldwide community of scholars, thus far, in Nairobi and Boston. Seville's Universidad Loyola Andalucía will co-host the fourth symposium. The Institute publishes selected presentations in Open Access.

The Certificate in Jesuit Studies is a nine-credit professional program that combines pilgrimage and experiential learning in Spain and Rome with graduate coursework and seminars at Boston College to examine Jesuit spirituality, history, and leadership methods. The Institute's instructors use regular seminars in Europe and in the United States to introduce the participants to some of the Society's leadership.

Ever to Excel is a high school summer program that provides unique opportunities for students to experience the tradition of Jesuit education. The program welcomes students from around the world to deepen their faith, serve others, and explore Boston College. The Institute organizes the annual program with support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and their Theology Institutes for High School Youth Initiative.

The Institute also hosts several training workshops for promoting the Spiritual Exercises through preached retreats. These workshops train Jesuit scholastics to give retreats to thousands of men and women who attend Jesuit retreat houses throughout the United States.