JESU/EDUC 7157 - In the Footsteps of Leaders
The Certificate’s experiential learning and pilgrimage offers participants informed, scholarly direction and unique opportunities to critically examine the intellectual and spiritual foundations of the Society of Jesus through travel, readings, group discussions, and personal reflection.
*Update: April 17, 2020
Due to the continuing threat of the coronavirus and various health and safety restrictions, it is clear that this program cannot take place as scheduled, which we realize will be a disappointment for many.
The Institute is focusing on June 20-July 1 2021 for the next offering of this course. We will certainly be in communication with you about your participation--and we sincerely hope that you will enroll. We will confirm these dates with you by 1 December.
Though our 2020 immersion course is canceled, our intent is to provide the opportunity for this immersion in 2021. We especially look forward to your enrollment in 2021.
Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Thursday, July 9, 2020
Each summer, the Institute offers a 12-day, guided immersion travel through Spain and Italy. In 2020, the course begins in Madrid with dinner on Sunday, June 28th and concludes with dinner in Rome on Thursday, July 9th.
The three-credit, academic immersion course examines the historical and spiritual contexts for the foundation of the Society of Jesus. Online readings and discussions occur in the weeks before the participants meet in Spain to trace the footsteps of the early Jesuits. In Europe, participants immerse themselves in the key places that became the organization’s roots in order to examine how and why the early Jesuits formed and governed their new religious order. Daily readings, group presentations, and regular seminars foster thoughtful and informed reflections on the historical and spiritual importance of each day’s theme.
Those enrolled in the immersion course must pay a $2,500 deposit. The Institute provides a subsidy to cover the much of the travel expenses for time spent together in Europe (all accommodations, bus transportation, the flight from Barcelona to Rome, and most meals). Any participant withdrawing from the course after submitting a deposit will forfeit his/her deposit and may be required to reimburse the subsidized amount.
Those enrolled in the immersion course are also responsible for the three (3) credits of tuition. Tuition costs are set each year by the Trustees of Boston College and are subject to yearly increases. The per-credit tuition rate in 2019-2020 is $1,150.
During the travels in Europe, all rooms are double occupancy.
In addition to the deposit and tuition, participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to Madrid and their return flight home from Rome. Additional financial support may be available. Contact the Institute with any questions.
“Having walked into and through the spaces of Ignatius's life, my feet ached, a lot--and my heart sung. Sharing those sacred spaces with Jesuit educators has continued to breathe new life into my vocation and into my sense of place in this beautiful faith community and tradition we share.”