Program for Directors of the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life

The Program for Directors of the Spiritual Exercises in Daily
Life is the second stage of the Lanteri Center’s curriculum of
formation in the art and ministry of spiritual direction. Its goal is to
form men and women to lead others in the dynamics of the Spiritual
Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and, in particular, in the
experience of the “retreat in daily life” (described in annotation 19 of
the Spiritual Exercises).

This program is intended for those who are more experienced in the
life of prayer and Ignatian spirituality, and who have sensed a call to
guide others who wish to make the Spiritual Exercises. Candidates for
this program will have already completed the Lanteri Center’s Prayer
Partnering Program (or a comparable program elsewhere).

The Program for Directors of the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life
will cover a 2-year period similar to that of the Prayer Partnering
Program: The first year will consist of twenty evening sessions
(September to May, 2 hours each) involving both lecture and practicum.
The second year will entail 10 sessions, as well as the experience of
guiding a directee, under the formation team’s supervision, through the
Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life.

Candidates will be regularly evaluated by their supervisor, by the
formation team, and by self-evaluation. Peer supervision and
role-playing are essential elements of the program.

This program will review the various stages of the Exercises and the
dynamics of each as experienced by the retreatant. The program will
explore the Exercises from the historical, theological and scriptural
perspectives, with particular emphasis on the discernment of spirits. To
this end, some of the themes treated in the course the Program for
Directors of the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life include:

  • First Principle and Foundation
  • Method of Meditation
  • First week graces
  • Fifth Exercise of the First week
  • First week rules of discernment
  • The call of the King
  • Method of contemplation
  • The two standards
  • The three classes of persons
  • Second week rules of discernment
  • Consolations and desolations
  • Three kinds of humility
  • Rules for election
  • The third week exercises
  • The fourth week exercises
  • Contemplation to Attain Divine Love
  • Rules for Sentire Cum Ecclesia
  • Preparing for the 19th annotation retreat
  • Deciding who is ready for the Exercises

Candidates will read and discuss a number of articles and books on
the Spiritual Exercises and the discernment of spirits. They will be
expected to prepare written research papers on various subjects and to
present them to the class.

The Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality will accept applications to
the Program for Directors of the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life only
from women and men who have completed the Prayer Partnering Program (or
a comparable program elsewhere that included the experience of the full
Spiritual Exercises). Candidates will complete a formal application and
submit various letters of recommendation. It is assumed that the
candidate is receiving ongoing spiritual direction, and continues to
discern a call to direct the Spiritual Exercises. After the application
has been received, the formation team will meet individually with the
candidates for a personal interview before they are accepted to the
two-year program.