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The USA Midwest Province is embarking on a new project called Seminars in Ignatian Formation. We are blessed with a strong Ignatian charism alive in our works already. SIF will build upon that energy and prepare the next generation of spiritual leaders.

SIF is intended for those who want to deepen their understanding of God and discipleship in today’s world along the lines of Ignatian spirituality and leadership, as well as for those who want to train to be spiritual directors with the specialization of giving the complete Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

Convenient scheduling allows for every-other-week or once-a-month meetings from September through May. To ensure the safety of all participants, and for ease of participation SIF will be conducted onlineThese engaging and dynamic virtual sessions will build community, share valuable content, and form the next generation of spiritual leaders.

Seminar One: Foundations for Mission
Seminar Two: Spiritual Direction Practice
Seminar Three: Spiritual Exercises Practicum

Participants of the program are ideally already in positions of leadership at their sponsoring ministry. They are persons with interest and capacity for learning and sharing about our Ignatian Tradition. Each Cohort is envisioned to become a dynamic learning community that can in turn share the fruits of their experience back at their sponsored work. Seminar One is open to all and required for those who intend to train to be spiritual directors and givers of the Spiritual Exercises.

Equipping leaders with the knowledge and skills for Ignatian Spirituality, spiritual direction, and the Spiritual Exercises will strengthen the collective charism of our ministries across our regions.

Cost
$2,000 per Seminar. This fee is due by September 1. Additional expenses may include books, spiritual director fees, and travel costs. Finances need not inhibit someone from attending.

Dates
Approximately 15 sessions, every other week (Seminar One); or eight sessions, once a month (Seminars Two & Three) from September–May. Days and times will be announced prior to the beginning of each Seminar.

Online
All SIF sessions will occur online.  Familiarity with Zoom and Teams for collaboration is encouraged.

Apply
Click here for online application. Space is limited; priority will be given to applications received by August 1.

Registration
Click here for Seminar registration and payment

Contact
Dr. Rita Dollard-O’Malley, D.Min or Rev. Stephen T. Krupa, SJ, Ph.D.
umiseminars@jesuits.org

Read Provincial Message of Welcome 
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