Ignatian Training Courses

Consultation, April 2010

The ministry of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius – residential and non-residential retreats and ongoing spiritual direction – is flourishing in the UK. To meet the needs of so many people who want to explore their relationship with God and where that is leading in their lives requires people who can offer spiritual accompaniment.

On the 20th/21st April, Loyola Hall was the venue for a meeting of people engaged in the training of spiritual directors and prayer guides in the Ignatian tradition. For 24 hours, the group of 11 got together to talk about their courses, the joys and challenges of this ministry and the ways in which we could learn from each other. This is the first such meeting and the groups represented at this meeting were:

Two other Jesuit centres, St Beuno’s in North Wales and the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London had both hoped to attend but in the end were prevented by unavoidable circumstances.

Each group runs their own course and each has their own aims, methods and objectives. The length of the courses vary, from a basic 8 day residential course, to a three year course. Within all this diversity however, there was a strong sense of mutual understanding, a common desire for helping others to grow in the ministry of Ignatian spiritual accompaniment and an identification of what draws us to this ministry. As well as sharing information and ideas, there was a very helpful discussion about learning and assessment on all our courses, and the usefulness of a Log Book for participants.

One of the outcomes was a desire to meet again next year, the date and venue are fixed and we are looking forward to another fruitful and interesting meeting.

Consultation atendees, 21 April 2010

Attendees of Consultation, front steps of Loyola Hall, 21 April 2010