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Formation and Training

Formation Courses for Ignatian Retreat–Giving and Spiritual Direction in a Community and Institutional Context

Module 1  

Foundational to the ministry of retreat-giving and spiritual direction is a deep experience of God’s love and the experience of accompaniment that helps one to notice, relish and respond to God’s person and action in oneself and one’s world.  Hence, every applicant to our Directors’ formation modules are required to go through an individually-directed retreat preferably guided by a CIS staff or senior associate.

This course is designed for those who desire to experience an individually-directed retreat in preparation for training and formation for the ministry of accompaniment. This will also benefit lay, religious, and clergy leaders in the ministry of accompaniment who proceed from different spiritualities and who wish to immerse themselves into the wellspring of Ignatian traditions of prayer and retreat-giving and spiritual direction. The CIS staff may recommend waiving this Module as a prerequisite to Module 2 for participants who have recently gone through an 8-day or longer individually directed Ignatian retreat and present evidence in the interview that they already possess some equivalent of the module course objectives for Module 1 as described below. As we need to ensure a common foundational experience of prayer and accompaniment, the CIS staff members reserve the right to recommend that an applicant
go through Module 1 if they deem it more helpful for both the would-be participant and the class he or she will join.


Those who wish to earn MA credits from the CIS modular courses may apply for admission to the MA program in Spirituality and Retreat Directing in Loyola School of Theology (LST), Ateneo de Manila University.  Applicants for the MA program must have a college degree with at least 12 units of undergraduate theology.  They must pass the graduate entrance examination administered by the Ateneo Center for Education and Psychological Assessment (ACESS).  Once accepted into the program, he or she may now register the modular courses for MA credit at LST.


Retreat givers, can avail of:
- Regular supervision from the CIS team
- Supplementary input on psychology, scriptures, theology and spirituality
- Regular days of prayer and/or group spiritual direction sessions

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For three or more Saturdays each month beginning in August, CIS Phil will hold sessions for input and reflection on topics pertinent to Ignatian spirituality, prayer and spiritual direction.  Participants are also assisted in their practice of retreat-giving and spiritual direction through practicum sessions.  Sessions start at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.


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