During Spring 2023, different Ignatian global learning experiences were offered to faculty and staff in Jesuit schools across the globe as an invitation to dive deeper into Ignatian Spirituality and to reflect on Ignatian Global Citizenship.
Learning about Ignatian Spirituality and Ignatian Global Citizenship as a global community is an opportunity to explore, learn together and share with fellow educators on key Ignatian practices and themes via synchronous global groups or cohorts.
The “Four Key Practices in Ignatian Spirituality” course was offered via two cohorts, over nine weeks, between March 7th and May 2nd, so participants were able to participate concurrently to better suit their schedules and time zones. Participants of Cohort 1 joined from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malta, Italy, India, and the United States, and participants of Cohort 2 joined from the United States, Canada, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and the Philippines.
Cohorts 1 and 2 of the “Four Key Practices in Ignatian Spirituality” course were carried out in a very professional and enthusiastic way thanks to the generous facilitation of Ignatian Formation practitioners, all of whom already experienced the course themselves and volunteered to accompany their colleagues from around the world in this retreat-like interior journey. A big thanks to the facilitators of the two cohorts, who themselves came from various countries, their contribution made these courses an unforgettable experience! Jacquie McCabe and Dominique Marturia from Australia, Christine Rossi from Malta, Bob Stephan and Brendan O’Kane from the United States.
In a similar vein, educators from multiple regions came together to reflect on Global Citizenship concepts such as Human Rights, Social Justice, the Right to Education, and Care for Our Common Home through the “Ignatian Global Citizenship” course. This Ignatian global learning experience was provided in English and in Spanish through Educate Magis. For the Spanish Cohort learners joined from Spain, Italy, Mexico, Chile, Portugal, and the United States. And for the English Cohort, learners joined from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malta, Italy, Portugal, and the United States. Over the course of five weeks, the 50 participants asynchronously reviewed materials and resources assembled by members of our community who are themselves experts in Jesuit Education and Ignatian Pedagogy. In addition, they met synchronously in live sessions to discuss and reflect on the course content and how this relates to their regional contexts.
The Spanish and English Global Citizenship cohorts were facilitated by members of our wonderful Global Community. A special thanks to these facilitators who made the courses special by sharing their experiences and enthusiasm! Joy Torres from Ateneo de Cebu and Joel Falgui from Ateneo de Manila both based in the Philippines, David Chamorro from “Colegio San Ignacio” school in Chile, Sofiana García from “Instituto Cultural Tampico” school in Mexico, and José Santana from “Colegio San José de Villafranca” school in Spain.
Moreover, we would like to congratulate all participants who completed the courses and earned a Certificate of Participation!
Here is a selection of reviews left by learners after finishing the courses.