What is the Center for Ignatian Spirituality?

A view of the eagle outside Gasson Hall - a reminder both of Boston College's motto, Ever to Excel, and of the consistent Ignatian theme of the magis.

What is Ignatian spirituality . . .

Founded through a generous gift from the Jesuit Community at Boston College, the Center for Ignatian Spirituality is part of the University's Office of Mission and Ministry. The Center's mission is:

To communicate to members of the Boston College community the vision and history of the University's Jesuit mission and the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola which is the foundation of that mission. With other members of the University community, we pay particular attention to serving the critical importance of the integration of the intellectual, social and religious formation of our students, and to the University's commitment to uniting academic achievement with the service of faith and the promotion of justice;

To assist members of the University community, especially faculty and administrators, to reflect upon and to understand more deeply the meaning of our Jesuit mission, and to help integrate that vision in their own areas of responsibility at Boston College;

To make available the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in appropriate forms to faculty, administrators, and staff, and to support individuals and groups in their own spiritual journey: through retreats, one on one conversations and spiritual direction, workshops, lectures and discussion groups;

To serve as a resource for the University community in promoting conversation about the Jesuit mission and its relationship with culture and with other religious traditions, thus enhancing the human and religious environment of Boston College; and

To offer the resources of the Center to other Jesuit schools and universities, and to dialogue with and learn from their experience.