The framework for formation begins with the identification of goals, involves meaningful processes and demonstrates a consciousness to nurture outcomes. While not exhaustive, the following present a guide to goals, processes and outcomes.
This paper and the presentation that accompanies it explains the history and tradition of Ignatian Formation in the context of the Spiritual Exercises.
“Formation provides an experience, time and space for people to vision a new world. Through the integration of personal experiences and those of others, a community is called to be an agent of change, based on the prophetic social justice call of the Gospel” (Martin Scroope).
About the Author
From 2001 to 2009 Martin Scroope was the director of the Loyola Institute in Sydney, Australia, “a centre for formation and leadership that commits itself to sharing and promoting Ignatian Spirituality and its way of proceeding”.
Before that, for twenty-one years, 1980 to 2000, he taught in three Jesuit secondary schools, two in Sydney Australia and one in Tacoma, Washington State USA.
In his own words: “In 1986, the year of the publication of the Characteristics of Jesuit Education I commenced as panel head for religious education and in 1994, the year the Ignatian Pedagogy a Practical Approach was launched in Australia I commenced as deputy principal. These coincidences and the ensuing experiences of people and events shaped and grew my understanding of the character of Jesuit education and Ignatian pedagogy; it gave me the opportunity to learn how to form people and institutions in Jesuit values and ways of proceeding.”
“At a very personal level I discovered the spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola and the Jesuits, namely Ignatian Spirituality, was also my spirituality”.