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Center Events, 2019-2020

Feast of St. Ignatius Mass & BBQ

Feast of St. Ignatius Mass & BBQ

Come and celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola with a Mass followed by a BBQ that will be held on the Burn's Library Lawn. Bring your family and enjoy the food, games, and celebration of St. Ignatius! 

Mass will start at noon and the BBQ will begin right after at 12:45 PM. 

Please RSVP here  

Rain location: Gasson 100 

July 31

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

St. Mary's Chapel

Ignatius' Experience at Manresa: A Psychiatric Perspective

Ignatius' Experience at Manresa: A Psychiatric Perspective

One can fully understand a religious order only if one understands its founder.  The influence of St. Ignatius of Loyola remains palpable in the Society of Jesus up to the present day.  One important influence that has received scant attention is Ignatius' experience of anorexia, scrupulosity, depression, and suicidal thinking, all of which are interrelated. All can be explained through a few basic principles of human physiology and neurochemistry.  The impact of these experiences has been far-reaching.

This talk will discuss the physiological and neurochemical bases for this episode, its rapid reversal,  and will conclude with thoughts on the impact these events at Manresa had on Ignatius as seen in the Exercises, the Constitutions, and his letters.

Fr. Jack Siberski S.J., MD

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.

October 16

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Gasson Hall, 100

Ignatius the Franciscan: The Franciscan Roots of Jesuit Spirituality

Ignatius the Franciscan: The Franciscan Roots of Jesuit Spirituality

Today, as in the past, descriptions of the newly born Society of Jesus tend to emphasize the boldly innovative, at times startling, unique aspects of its spirituality as if Jesuit self-identity and "way of proceeding" were a radical break from sixteen centuries of Church tradition and from the behavior of the long-established apostolic religious orders. While, yes, there was definitely discontinuity with tradition in how the Jesuits saw themselves and how they behaved as a community of apostolic men, Ignatius's break with the past was neither total nor even necessarily massive. Ignatian spirituality was in many ways an evolution, not revolution, with respect to the past, drawing inspiration from the received models of the Catholic approach to apostolic mission. Among the most conspicuous sources of that inspiration and those models was, by far, the Franciscan Order, which during Ignatius's lifetime, was one of the oldest, largest, and most influential apostolic religious orders, pastorally, intellectually, and culturally.

As this presentation will illustrate, not only did Ignatius, in Spain, grow up in and, in Rome, live his adult life in a spiritual environment deeply imbued with Franciscan ideals and modes of spiritual expression, he also, consciously or unconsciously, drew from them in giving his new "Society" its characteristic identity and mode of being. The Franciscan roots of Jesuit spirituality are multiple and significant, ranging from the very name of the Society to the supposedly quintessential "Jesuit" principles of "contemplatives in action" and "application of senses."

Franco Mormando, Professor of Italian, Boston College

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.

November 06

12:00 PM

Gasson Hall, 100

Last Lecture: "History and Memory, Histories and Memories"

Last Lecture: "History and Memory, Histories and Memories"

If granted the possibility to give a last lecture, what would you say? What wisdom would you impart to the world? What would you want as your legacy? This lecture series tries to tackle these questions from different perspectives inviting faculty who dare to reflect about their lives.

This year, Professor James O'Toole will present "History and Memory, Histories and Memories." He will reflect on his personal connections to Boston College, which are long, many, and varied: as a student, as a faculty member, as the author of a forthcoming history of the university.  Changes -- personal and professional, expected and unexpected -- mark the course of his lifelong connections with this institution.

Last lecture is a series sponsored by The Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society.

April 01

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room

Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius --An Insider's View

Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius --An Insider's View

We work in a Jesuit university that praises its Ignatian heritage. This heritage is largely contained in the Spiritual Exercises. Ignatius crafted the Exercises as a layperson, and he intended them to benefit the entire church. He honed them as he offered them to a variety of people. 

In our present day, an ever-increasing number of retreatants are diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). In this session, a father of a son on the spectrum who happens to be a spiritual director, and an STM student who recently has done the exercises and happens to be on the spectrum, will have a conversation to explore the benefits of doing the Exercises, to examine possible new outcomes, and to prioritize strategies to accommodate specific needs for ASD retreatants.

Gus Hardy
Tomeu Estelrich

Open to faculty and staff. Please register for this virtual session.


This session is part of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Towards Inclusive Excellence.

May 20

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM