Sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

The chief influence that gives rise to Jesuit education is the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a how-to handbook intended to help guide people toward the direct experience of God and companionship with Jesus. For many people, a deeper encounter with the Spiritual Exercises enriches their understanding of the educational mission of Santa Clara University.

The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education will therefore make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius more available to faculty and staff of the University. For most people a more intentional experience of spirituality will be personally enriching and help ground their work at Santa Clara University more deeply within the sources of the tradition.

To share the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, we will

  • Provide to all members of the Santa Clara community, through a variety of media, basic and accessible information about the Spiritual Exercises and the larger Christian tradition;
  • Create offerings in which Ignatian Spirituality is specifically engaged with other religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions and commitments;
  • Develop and promote an Ignatian retreat in daily life for all interested constituents, especially University leaders;
  • Establish opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to develop personally and professionally through adapted engagement with the Spiritual Exercises;
  • Strategically incorporate the Spiritual Exercises into the broader community through orientations and other programmatic offerings.


The Ignatian Center’s goal of sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius champions the University’s strategic priority of Enhancing Excellence in Jesuit Education.

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