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.
This 1-credit course seeks to form spiritual directors who seek specialized training in facilitating the 19th Annotation retreat. In morning classes, the theological and practical/pastoral dynamics of the four weeks of the Exercises will be explored with a seasoned theologian/spiritual director steeped in the Exercises. Afternoon sessions then provide the opportunity for in-depth small group reflection on these dynamics along with discussion of directing someone through the specific movements of the Exercises.
Randy Sachs, SJ
Randy Sachs, SJ was trained in Tübingen under Walter Kasper in systematic theology with a special interest in spirituality. After two years at Fairfield University, he taught for 30 years at Weston Jesuit School of Theology/BC School of Theology and Ministry (30 years), where he often offered a seminar in Theology and the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. Randy has been active in the ministry of spiritual direction and Ignatian retreats since 1975. Upon retiring from the STM in 2016, he became a full-time member of the staff at the Jesuit Retreat House in Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA, where the Atlantic Ocean is about 100 yards from his bedroom window!
Lisa M. Hastings
Lisa M. Hastings serves as the Director of Spiritual Direction Initiatives for the Office of Ignatian Spirituality (OIS), an outreach ministry of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. In this role, she works to support the discernment, formation and professional development of spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Theology and Ministry and a post-master’s certificate in Spiritual Formation from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). Her ministerial work includes teaching Spiritual Formation for Ministry at the STM, facilitating on-line courses for the Church in the 21st Century Center, and providing spiritual direction for students and staff through Campus Ministry and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College.
Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2, 2021
Specific times TBD; morning lectures and afternoon discussion groups.
The aim of the 19th Annotation Intensive is to provide trained spiritual directors who have completed the Spiritual Exercises with the education and formation to support accompanying others through the 19th Annotation.
To register, please complete our application form and indicate Non-Degree, 19th Annotation Intensive on the Program Information page. The cost of this 1-credit course is $1,196 (our 2020-2021 credit rate). Financial aid is available to all applicants.
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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.
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.
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!
A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.
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 automatically 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.
Applicants should submit an essay addressing the following questions:
One copy of each transcript is required 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 email@example.com. 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).
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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.