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The Life of Ignatius of Loyola

May 26, 2017

Ignatian spirituality was crafted painstakingly by a sixteenth-century Basque, Ignatius of Loyola. His influence and inspiration are still very much alive, five-hundred years on. Following the life and spiritual journey of Ignatius enables the participant to make sense of their own life experience.

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5 Lessons
98 Learners

Course Details

Duration20+ Hours
AudienceFaculty, Administration, Leadership Team, Board of Management, General Services
TypeVideo, Article, Book
Tenure1+ Year

Course Author

Brian Grogan S.J. - Brian was born in Dublin, educated by the Christian Brothers, and joined the Jesuits at sixteen. He is a former President of Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin, and Associate Professor of Spirituality.


In this “mini” course on the life of Ignatius of Loyola, the learner will have a chance to read about and reflect on the life journey of the founder of the Society of Jesus. These five lessons also form part of the course on Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership

This course is designed for those who work in a voluntary way with the Society of Jesus; for communities of the Ignatian tradition, for educators and parents, for those undertaking leadership roles in Jesuit organizations, for employees and for the wider public.

The core material for this course is the book Alone and on Foot: Ignatius of Loyola, by Brian Grogan, S.J. The relevant chapters are available to download for each Lesson.
The book is courtesy of Veritas Publications, Ireland and can be purchased online from Veritas Publications or Amazon.com.

The image used in the header is of the Statue of St Ignatius the Pilgrim is courtesy of the “Camino Ignaciano” website. 

Learning Format

This online platform offers a flexible approach to learning. These resources are available to access 24/7 and used at the pace of the individual learner. Please note there is no active instructor on this course at the moment. It is self-paced and self-assessed. If you wish to discuss some aspect of this course or ask a question, please use the Conversations facility available in each Lesson or contact the Educate Magis team

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Lesson 5: Ignatius of Loyola – The Autobiography

Introduction By now you know the brief story of Ignatius’ early life, and you have a developing taste and grasp of the essentials of Ignatian virtues and spirituality. You also have an understanding of how…