The Center for Ignatian Spirituality enhances the human and religious environment of Boston College by promoting conversation about the Jesuit mission and its relationship with culture and with other religious traditions.

Center for Ignatian Spirituality Programs

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Ignatian Colleagues Program

The Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) is a national program of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) designed to educate and form administrators and faculty more deeply in the Jesuit Catholic tradition of higher education.

The goal of our program is to provide a solid intellectual foundation as well as opportunities for participants to personally experience and appropriate their significance so they may better articulate, adapt, and advance the Jesuit Catholic mission of their campuses.

Participation in the Ignatian Colleagues Program is an incredible opportunity not only to take a deep dive into learning and experiencing many aspects of our Jesuit Catholic identity, charism, tradition, and spirituality, it also provides the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with colleagues working in senior leadership roles throughout our 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Alpha Sigma Nu, Boston College Chapter

Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education which recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service. Founded in 1915, ΑΣΝ encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education. Inductees demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to the ideals—intellectual, social, moral, and religious—of Jesuit higher education. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus.

Who is eligible to join? Any student of a Jesuit college or university is eligible. At Boston College, third-year undergraduate students who are in the top 15 percent of their class academically and have a demonstrated record of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of education are considered for membership. Only 4 percent of those candidates from each class may be inducted.

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Officers

President: SoYun Chang (MCA&S 2020)
Vice President: Laura Edinger (MCA&S 2020)
Secretary: Amanda Judah (MCA&S 2020)
Treasurer: Cate Casassa (MCA&S 2020)

The Last Lecture Series

Last lecture is a series sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society. Select the links below to view video from past events.

2019: Robert Taggart
2018: Clare O'Connor
2017: Mark O'Connor

CIS Talks

Where BC faculty give passionate talks on topics that inspire them

Ignatius Loyola encouraged the first Jesuits to share their deepest desires and aspirations with other fellow Jesuits. For him that constant communication would unite, console, and edify them deeply (Constitutions VIII, 673).

With CIS Talks, the Center for Ignatian Spirituality wants to emulate this practice by inviting BC faculty to share with their peers those topics, desires, and passions that inspire and motivate them.

CIS Talks will take place at the BC Club, 100 Federal Street 36th Floor, in Boston. Dates for CIS Talks for the 2018-2019 academic year will be posted by the beginning of September. This event is by invitation only. Information about the specific topic of the talk and presenter is forthcoming.

Faculty interested in participating in one of our CIS Talks can send us an email expressing their interest at cis@bc.edu.

Jesuit Fellow

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality is pleased to announce an in-residence “Jesuit Fellow” position available for any Jesuit around the world interested in spending four to nine months at Boston College during the academic year (September - May) collaborating with the work of The Center and other pastoral ministries. Jesuits who are interested must directly contact the director to explore conditions and availability. In your initial contact to the director, Tomeu Estelrich, please include your CV and a brief explanation of your intentions while at Boston College.

The candidate must have a proficient English level and a fervent desire to exercise his ministerial talents in our community. The Center will provide all the necessary means to succeed in such enterprise.

This program is a joint initiative of The Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Boston College’s Jesuit Community.

Gabriel Ignacio Rodriguez, S.J.

Gabriel Ignacio Rodriguez, S.J.

Gabriel Ignacio Rodriguez was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1952. In 1971, he entered the Society of Jesus and in 1982, he was ordained a priest.  

From 2009 until May 2019, Fr. Rodriguez was in Rome as the Assistant to Fr. General for North Latin America. He worked with former Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás and then with Fr. Arturo Sosa. Beginning in January 2020, Fr. Rodriguez will work as the Director of the Center of Faith and Cultures, in Medellín. 

Fr. Rodriquez received his PhD in Theology from Louvain La-neuve University in Belgium in 1994. He has also served as Rector of young Jesuits in Formation from 1995 to 2000. He was also a Professor of Theology at Xaveriana University in Bogotá (1995-2000), Socius (2001-2003) and Provincial of Colombian Province (2003-2008). He has participated in the 35th and 36th General Congregations.

Fr. Rodriguez will be the Jesuit Fellow at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality until December 31, 2019.

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Compañía Pilgrimage

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Intersections offers to faculty and administrators of Boston College this pilgrimage seminar, Compañía, to explore the context in which they live out their vocation as educators—the developmental phases of adulthood, the spiritual life whether explicitly religious or not, family and personal relationships, career trajectories, the work/life balance—and what resources a Jesuit university might provide to help us integrate these dimensions of our lives.

The program will begin in the Spring semester with an overnight retreat at BC’s conference center in Dover, followed by three on-campus meetings. The Fall semester will have two on-campus meetings and ends with an overnight retreat.

The metaphor of pilgrimage will take a very concrete form midway through the seminar. In June, the group will travel to Spain and Rome for nine days to retrace some of the key steps in the unfolding life journey of Ignatius Loyola. Spending these days together—as pilgrims, not just tourists—gives deeper insights into who he was, time and leisure for reflecting on one’s experiences and life journeys, and plenty of opportunity to share reflections over vino and tapas.

Learn more about the pilgrimage seminar on the Intersections website

2019 calendar

Thursday, January 10 – Friday, January 11
Retreat at Babson College: One Snyder Drive in Wellesley
Fr. Jack Butler, S.J., Vice President University Mission and Ministry

Thursday, February 28, 6-7:30 PM
1st Seminar at 2101 Commonwealth Ave (Brighton Campus)
Fr. Greg Kalscheur, S.J., Dean of the Morrissey School of Arts and Sciences

Thursday, March 21, 6-7:30 PM 
2nd Seminar at 2101 Commonwealth Ave (Brighton Campus) 
Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J., Vice President and University Secretary

Thursday, May 2, 6-7:30 PM
3rd Seminar at 2101 Commonwealth Ave (Brighton Campus)
Tomeu Estelrich, Director, CIS

Tuesday, June 18 - Friday, June 28
Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome

2017 Trip Photos

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Bilbao city scape

"Three Things I Learned About St. Ignatius While on Pilgrimage" 
— Marina McCoy
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