Delphine O'Shea grants

The Delphine O’Shea Ignatian Spirituality and Outreach Fund offers support for the promotion of Ignatian Spirituality in Australia – namely through formation of people in the study and mastery of the Spiritual Exercises.


Sr Delphine O’Shea MSS was a Missionary Sister of Service who had participated in an Ignatian Spirituality Centre program at Canisius College in Sydney in 1976. Sr Delphine later did further training in Ignatian spirituality overseas and worked with Fr John Drury SJ in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises in Queensland. Ever grateful for what she had received through her Ignatian formation and through her ministry of the Spiritual Exercises Sr Delphine left her inheritance from her family to establish a fund to be used for certain purposes.


The purposes of the fund

  1. Formation of people in the study and mastery of the Spiritual Exercises who in
    turn will become leaders and facilitators in this ministry;
  2. Making the Spiritual Exercises, in all their forms and styles, more accessible
    through outreach to people “on the margins” who may or may not be aware of the
    Spiritual Exercises and may not seek to experience them, or who would
    otherwise not have the opportunity to experience them, because of geographic,
    social, economic, spiritual or other marginalisation.
  3. Bringing experts in Ignatian Spirituality to the Australian Jesuit Province, or
    underwriting the costs of Australian experts to share their expertise across the


Who can apply

Any Catholic organisation working with or promoting the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola and which can demonstrate that their ministry is in line with the purposes of the fund may apply for a grant from the fund. Applications can be made on behalf of a group or individual.

Grant Application for the year from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024

Applications close on Thursday 31 August 2023.

Please send applications and attachments to

Download Application Form


Feature photo: David McMahon.