• Accademic Unit
    Institute of Spirituality
  • Course
    Licentiate in Theology with specialization in Spirituality , Licenza in Spiritualità Ignaziana, Diploma in Ignatian Spirituality

Objectives: By studying the letters of St. Ignatius to women, this course will allow participants to come to a deeper understanding of his spirituality and his relationship with women. By studying how select women's congregations embraced Ignatian spirituality in the past and how they live that spirituality today, participants will explore the perennial value of this spirituality for women. Finally, the course will offer practical insights into how to make Ignatian spirituality more accessible to women, especially in the context of guiding the Spiritual Exercises.

Contents: This course will explore in depth the 139 extant letters exchanged between St. Ignatius and women. Of these, 89 were written by him and 50 from women to him. The purpose of the course is to discover the role that women played in the early days of the Society of Jesus. Who were these women? What are the major themes in the letters of Ignatius to them? What insights do they offer to women and men today who want to come to a deeper understanding of Ignatian spirituality? It will further explore select religious congregations inspired by St. Ignatius and his spirituality. Finally, it will demonstrate practical ways to make the Spiritual Exercises more accessible to women.
Means of evaluation: The course will include lectures, personal research on the part of the participants, group work and presentation, and the writing of a research paper.


  • Semestre: 2° Semestre
  • ECTS: 3



Lesson schedule/Room

Semester Day From To Room Floor Building Notes
2° Semestre Venerdì 8.30 9.15 F215 2 Frascara
2° Semestre Venerdì 9.30 10.15 F215 2 Frascara


  • The Letters of Ignatius to Women, edited by H. Rahner, New York 2007; E. Rhodes, “Ignatius, Women, and the Leyenda de los santos” in R.A. Maryks, A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola: Life, Writings, Spirituality, Influence, Leiden\\Boston 2014, pp. 7-24; G. Simmonds, "Women Jesuits?" in T. Worchester , The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits, Cambridge 2008, pp. 120-135. Other bibliography will be suggested at the beginning of the course.


Date Hours Room Exam From Letter To Letter Note
Jun 5, 2023 . . Homework A Z La data è indicativa, per la consegna dell'elaborato rispettare le scadenze e modalità previste.