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.

Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia

Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia is a national community of women and men formed in Ignatian Spirituality working in a variety of geographic locations and online. They give the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola and accompany individuals and groups through spiritual conversation and spiritual direction. They offer retreats, ministry supervision and Ignatian formation for leadership and mission. Their facilities are available for day programs, residential retreats and hospitality.

Find out more about the retreats on offer, and sign up for updates via the JISA newsletter, at the link below.

Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia website

The Arrupe® Program for training givers of the Spiritual Exercises

Students of the Spiritual Direction courses at ACU as well as other graduates of other programmes can apply to enrol in The Arrupe Program, which prepares people to apply for accreditation from the Australian Jesuits as givers of the Spiritual Exercises. The Coordinator of the Arrupe® Program will be Dr Micheál Loughnane. Should you need any further details, please don’t hesitate to send an email at

Other communities of Ignatian Spirituality

Companions in the Ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

Christian Life Community Australia (CLC)