Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality, Atlanta GA

Summer 2014 - Schedule

Intensive weekend and weeklong course formats available.  All events at Ignatius House Retreat Center.  See schedule below.

Week 1:  June 16 - 19, 2014 (Meets Monday - Thursday 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.)

SPT525/425 & 526/426 (Historical / Pastoral) - 1 credit hour each
Prayer & Discernment I & II
Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.

Both prayer and discernment play a central role in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, especially in the dynamics of The Spiritual Exercises. This course will examine the theology of prayer and the practice and theory of discernment as they have developed in the Christian tradition over the centuries. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus primarily on prayer. Part II will focus primarily on discernment and be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.

Weekend 1:  June 20 - 22, 2014 (See weekend schedule below)

SPT565/465 (Historical / Pastoral) - 1 credit hour
Pope Francis:  the Man, Priest, Jesuit
Rev. Mark Lewis, S.J.

This course will first address the social and family background of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis I.  More importantly, it will examine some of the philosophical, theological, and spiritual influences that have made Pope Francis who he is today:  the characteristics of his priesthood, the perspectives he would have received in his education and in his experiences as a Jesuit and as a Bishop.  The course will examine these influences and the resulting perspective of Pope Francis in three main theological categories:  Anthropology, Christology and Ecclesiology.


Week 2:  June 23 - 26, 2014 (Meets Monday - Thursday 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.)

SPT551/451 & SPT552/452 (Historical / Pastoral) - 1 credit hour each
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius I & II
Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.

A manual for directors rather than a book to be read, The Spiritual Exercises emerged out of St. Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience of conversion and have subsequently had a major impact on modern spirituality. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus on the conversion and life of Ignatius. Part II will focus on the structure and dynamics of the Exercises and will be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.

Weekend 2:  June 27 - 29, 2014 (See weekend schedule below)

SPT531/431 (Biblical) - 1 credit hour
Jesus and the Culture of Encounter
Dr. Timothy Carmody

“Culture of encounter” is a repeated phrase used by Pope Francis I, which could be described as the openness to meeting people exactly where they are (in their beliefs, their culture and their needs). Pope Francis says,  “If we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.” This course will look at how Pope Francis uses this phrase and how he uses the parables and healings of Jesus to exemplify what he means.  We will then examine a number of these parables of Jesus and gospel stories about Jesus to discover Jesus’ life and message of openness to others.  We will conclude by asking why this phrase is so important for Francis’ message to the world today.

Schedule for Intensive Weekend format


  • Dinner (optional) 6:00 p.m.
  • Class - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


  • Class - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Lunch - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Social, Dinner and Q & A with the Professor - 6:00 p.m.


  • Class - 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Mass - 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch (optional) following Mass



  • Tuition (per credit hour) - $298
  • Easy Listening (no record kept, per credit hour) - $125
  • Meal and / or lodging packages are available at Ignatius House.  Please contact them directly for details (404) 255-0533.

Additional summer courses are available on the main campus in Mobile during the Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality 2014.  Session I dates are June 1 - 6; Session II dates are June 8 - 13, 2014.   A, 5- or 8- day Silent Directed Retreat will also be available following the Institute, June 14 - 22.

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