Jesuit College of Spirituality - Semester 2 unit

Jesuit College of Spirituality is pleased to offer a Semester 2 unit on ‘Gospel Narratives in Ignatian Contemplation’ that will be taught by Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ.

The unit will explore the relationship between Gospel narratives and contemporary life situations. A key focus will be on the role of the imagination in prayer, as outlined by Saint Ignatius. When an exercitant prays over a Gospel passage, he or she enters fully into it as a participant.  Through the joint lenses of Ignatian Spirituality and human narratives as played out in film, the following areas of theological inquiry and interdisciplinary issues are covered: christology, ecclesiology, the problem of evil, Christian response to sacrifice and death, theology and culture, pastoral ministry, sacraments, church history, spirituality and ethics: just war theory; capital punishment; and the nature of conscience.  

The unit will also explore and analyse the ways in which the cinema can provide examples of  imaginative prayer techniques that connect scenes in particular films with some key narratives and themes within Gospel narratives and the Spiritual Exercises. It will explore the psychology of the human imagination and its relevance to the practice of prayer in life, work and ministry.

The unit will be run as two ‘intensive’ blocks i.e. Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July and then Friday 30th, Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.

The facts:

  • the unit can be taken for academic credit or not-for-credit (audit)
  • the unit can be attended face-to-face (in Parkville, Melbourne) or is available to online students (or a mixture of both)
  • the unit can be taken within the Spirituality and Spiritual Direction pathways
  • intensive mode – 5 days in July, August, September


Further details click here.

Please contact us for further information on how to enrol. 

For those in Jesuit ministries – contact us for a special offer to audit this unit!


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