The Center for Ignatian Spirituality offers a variety of workshops to assist members of the Boston College community in understanding the University's Jesuit mission and to support them on their own spiritual journeys. 



Beginning to Pray in the Ignatian Way

Foundations is a program intended for two groups of people:

  • Those who are thinking about doing the Spiritual Exercises in daily life,  also known as the 19th Annotation, in the future and want to learn more about the experience in advance;
  • Those who are not considering the 19th Annotation yet, but would like to know the basic elements of the Ignatian prayer

The program is divided in two parts:

Part I of the program will take place at lunch time (noon - 1:30 p.m.). Each of the five sessions will include a presentation on a particular Ignatian theme, followed by discussion and prayer time.

Part II of the Program will be a week-long retreat “in daily life.” The retreat will begin and end with a lunch time gathering. This week-long retreat will include each participant praying on his/her own for an hour each day; and having two (half hour each) individual meetings with a spiritual guide. The retreat will take place on campus with aspects to be integrated into your daily life.

Important: Only people who can commit to all the sessions and complete an application will be considered. 

The program will take place at 36 College Road. We have space for 12 participants. 


Meeting 1: Beginning to pray in the Ignatian way       

Meeting 2: Structure of the Ignatian prayer

Meeting 3: Praying with our imagination

Meeting 4: Review of the prayer and the examen

Meeting 5: Role of the spiritual director

Meeting 6:  Retreat in daily life

Meeting 7: Gathering of graces


By the term 'Spiritual Exercises' is meant every method of examination of conscience, of meditation, of contemplation, of vocal and mental prayer, and of other spiritual activities that will be mentioned later. For just as taking a walk, journeying on foot, and running are bodily exercises, so we call Spiritual Exercises every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all inordinate attachments, and, after their removal, of seeking and finding the will of God in the disposition of our life for the salvation of our soul.
Sp. Ex., par. 1
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Discernment in the Workplace

Ignatius of Loyola, architect of discernment as a way of life, drew on the wisdom and power of discernment in the midst of his own long hours of pastoral and administrative work. We invite you to attend this course and engage with colleagues in a six-week program: the course will help you understand the art and skills of discernment as an organic part of your work life. We will offer this course in the fall, and depending on interest it may be offered again in the spring. This course has no fee and lunch is provided.

Facilitators: André Brouillette, S.J., Tomeu Estelrich, Colleen Griffith, Ken Hughes, S.J., Barbara Quinn, RSCJ, and Clare Walsh, MHSH

Course dates: Tuesdays from 12-1:30 p.m. at the CIS Retreat Space (36 College Rd, Garden Level), and a Saturday retreat

September 24: Overview | Tomeu Estelrich

October 1: The Foundation of a Discerning Way of Life  | Clare Walsh MHSH

October 8: Language of God’s Spirit | Barb Quinn RSCJ

October 22: Rules for the Discernment of Spirits – Week 1 | Andre Brouillette S.J.

October 29: Rules for the Discernment of Spirits – Week 2 | Colleen Griffith

November 5: Three Ways to Make Decisions | Ken Hughes S.J.

Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Organized by The School of Theology and Ministry & The Center for Ignatian Spirituality