Ignatian formation

Becoming more effective in our ministry work.

In our Catholic tradition when we talk of preparing people to share more effectively in the mission of Jesus we speak of ‘formation’. Formation is much more than training or education because it is about the internalisation of values, attitudes and ways of seeing and the maturing of faith.

As lay people take on roles in Jesuit ministries, formation has become important for them as well. Alongside formation programs within each ministry, the Province has a Province-wide induction program for all staff.

Centres of Ignatian Spirituality

The five Centres of Ignatian Spirituality in Australia are staffed by Jesuits and Companions qualified to help people experience God, and to learn what God asks of each one in our lives. Each centre offers short courses and a range of opportunities to experience the Spiritual Exercises.

God can be experienced by all of us in ways that can neither be mistaken nor confused with what is not God. The Centres of Ignatian Spirituality accompany people find God in different ways, in all the different happenings, relations and activities of their lives.

Directory of the Centres of Ignatian Spirituality

Jesuit College of Spirituality

The Jesuit College of Spirituality offers graduate courses to form spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition and givers of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola. It is one of eleven colleges of the MCD University of Divinity.

Jesuit College of Spirituality provides personal spiritual formation that enables creative leaders to transform the world.


Jesuit House/The Cardoner Project

The Cardoner Project is a new work of the Province for young graduates of Jesuit schools in Sydney, and their friends, that aims to deepen their human, intellectual and spiritual formation as leaders in the Church and society. It operates out of Jesuit House in Chippendale, Sydney. It aims to develop faith through service, to build community where there is none, and to strive for intellectual, emotional and spiritual depth.

Bellarmine Residence is the new residential formation program of The Cardoner Project, comprised of the top two floors above Jesuit House. It offers an intentional community living experience for young Old Boys of Jesuit colleges in Sydney.


Other communities of Ignatian Spirituality

First Spiritual Exercises

Companions in the Ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

Christian Life Community Australia (CLC)