Intensive on the 19th Annotation for Spiritual Directors

Intensive on the 19th Annotation for Spiritual Directors

The Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises: An Intensive for Spiritual Directors Accompanying Others in the 19th Annotation Retreat

The 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, referenced often as the 19th Annotation or Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life, is an increasingly popular retreat option for persons seeking the experience of the Spiritual Exercises. The 19th Annotation allows for persons to complete the Spiritual Exercises with others over several months, engaging in Ignatian prayer practices, readings, and meditations, while meeting regularly with a spiritual director.

The School of Theology and Ministry offers a week-long Summer Intensive for spiritual directors seeking a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises in order to better accompany others through the Spiritual Exercises, particularly in the 19th Annotation format.  It is essential that spiritual directors who accompany others through the 19th Annotation have completed the Spiritual Exercises themselves.

St. Ignatius statue

Financial aid is available.

STM is committed to providing financial support to applicants. On your application form, please be sure to fill out the Financial Information section, and also include the amount of support your employer is able to provide.


Participant Testimonials

Deborah Madonia

Deborah Madonia

We explored the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises in an engaging, focused and prayerful way. The course was exquisitely rich in content and it has become a resource for us as we train spiritual directors in the Spring Hill College community. It continues to benefit me personally, not only as a spiritual director, but also in my personal prayer.

Jane Hartwell

Jane Hartwell

The course rooted me in the dynamics of the Exercises.  It's made me a better leader of a 19th Annotation program and spiritual director for a small group. I came away with more knowledge, a community of peers, and a deeper love for Jesus and for the Spiritual Exercises. And I enjoyed it!


Application Information



Priority Deadline
April 21, 2023
Please Note
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date if space remains.

Application Form

The application to STM must be completed online. 

Application Form


Additional Requirements:

International applicants

Religious applicants

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.

Payment Options

  • Pay by credit or debit card via the web; You can pay the application fee at the same time your submit your application form.  However, if you do not pay the fee at the same time you submit your application, you can pay online at a later date through the Agora Portal. You must use your BC Username and password to log in.

  • Pay by check or money order made payable to Boston College, via regular mail.  Please include your check with a copy of your application form submission confirmation page and include your name and intended degree program.

Please note: The application fee cannot be refunded for any reason. If you qualify for a fee waiver, you should not pay the fee when you submit the application form. Fee waivers are granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, veterans, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. We do not waive the application fee for other reasons.

Personal Statement

Applicants should submit a one-page essay addressing the following questions:

  • Please tell us about your spiritual direction training?
  • When and in what format did you complete the Spiritual Exercises?
  • Why do you believe you are being invited to this training experience at this time?


We require transcripts from all colleges, universities, seminaries, or theological schools that you have attended. Each transcript should contain a list of all coursework taken, grades/marks received, and, if applicable, degree granted and date of degree confirmation. If your college or university will send official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed to  Otherwise, transcripts must be mailed and be contained in a sealed, signed envelope. If the official transcript is not English, a translation should be provided with the official document. Please alert us if your transcript will be arriving with a different name than the one you are using on your application (e.g. your maiden name). Please note that a transcript is only considered official if received directly from the institution issuing it.

Please note that your application may be reviewed with unofficial copies of your transcripts. If you send unofficial copies, please note that if admitted, you must sent official copies before you begin coursework. If you have questions, please reach out to us.

Mailing Addresses
For applicants using the U.S. Postal Service:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Simboli Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

For applicants using FedEx or UPS:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Simboli Hall
9 Lake Street
Brighton, MA 02135-3841


The resume must be uploaded as part of the application.  It is helpful if you highlight relevant ministry, service, and leadership positions you have held.