McQuaid Jesuit

Second Year Cohort  Formation

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are the heart of Ignatian Spirituality.  A combination of “exercises” (meditations and active imagination contemplations, discernment, journaling, spiritual conversation with a spiritual director, and contemplative reflections unique to St. Ignatius) leads a person to greater spiritual intimacy, human authenticity and service to God.  The Exercises bond us uniquely in an identity as a Beloved of God; from this identity Jesuits and lay colleagues together serve the mission of McQuaid Jesuit.



At the conclusion of the second year the cohort will have comprehensive knowledge of the theology, dynamics and formative principles of the Spiritual Exercises.  The cohort will have some experience of the Spiritual Exercises (members will not be making the Spiritual Exercises Retreat).


The text to guide this phase of formation:  The Gift of Spiritual Intimacy by Monty WIlliams SJ


The process of formation includes:

Monthly meetings with the Director of Formation

  • Dates:  October 15, 2018; November 6, 2018; December 10, 2018; January 14, 2019; February 11, 2019; March 11, 2019; April 1, 2019; May 13, 2019 
  • Time: 3:15 -4:30 p.m.
  • Place:  Campus Ministry Conference Room in the Wegman STEM Center 

Reading assignments, prayer experiences and spiritual conversations


Integration for transformation continues.  Integration experiences include:

  • Practice of select Ignatian Exercises during formation meetings
  • Staff a Kairos Retreat during the 2018-2019 Academic year
  • Participation in the Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment October 5, 2018
  • Participation in the Liturgical life of McQuaid Jesuit