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Date posted:   Feb 09, 2022

Ignatian Spirituality

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Fee: $60
Six Weeks

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

This course provides a basic overview of Ignatian spirituality. Beginning with the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, this course explores the pillars of Ignatian spirituality including the Spiritual Exercises, prayer and contemplation, the Examen, and discernment. To complement the informative text and videos, online resources are provided for prayer experiences rooted in Ignatian spirituality.

This course has a required text: David L. Fleming, S.J.  What Is Ignatian Spirituality? Loyola Press, 2008.


Introductory Week
Week 1: Who is St. Ignatius?
Week 2: Prayer, Contemplation, and the Examen
Week 3: The Spiritual Exercises: Structure, Meaning, and Theology
Week 4: Discernment of Spirits
Week 5: Discernment of God's Will

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Video clips;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page to use for further study.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation on how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed:

David L. Fleming, S.J.  What Is Ignatian Spirituality? Loyola Press, 2008.

Time Commitment:

A participant can expect to spend 3-4 hours each week.  This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.

Content Scholars: David L. Fleming, S.J. (text) was the editor of the journal Review for Religious as well as author of several books on Ignatian spirituality. Barton T. Geger, S.J. (videos) is assistant professor of the practice at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, Research Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies, and General Editor of Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits