Training Programs in the Ignatian Tradition

Picture1Explore and Discern 

A call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Companioning

The seminar is designed to help individuals who are feeling drawn to the ministry of either spiritual direction or spiritual companioning to explore his/her desire and abilities for this ministry and to discern if indeed God is calling the person to further formation. 

Spiritual Directors are called to accompany individuals who are seeking orientation, encouragement, and discernment in the life of the Spirit. A Spiritual Companion is one who is called to accompany, one-on-one, men and women who have made an Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) retreat, which is based on the Spiritual Exercises and the Twelve Steps and designed for individuals in recovery from addictions and homelessness.

Click here for the Explore and Discern Brochure. Dates for upcoming programs will be announced soon.



IS ChairsIgnatian Training Program: Becoming Spiritual Directors or Spiritual Companions

At Holy Trinity and throughout the metropolitan area, there is a serious shortage of men and women who are well-formed in the tradition and practice of Ignatian spirituality. There are even fewer women and men who are specially formed to share the practice of Ignatian spirituality with those who are recovering from homelessness and addictions. Holy Trinity, in collaboration with Georgetown University, the Ignatian Spirituality Project and The Jesuit Collaborative, is creating a two-pronged Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program that trains spiritual directors and spiritual listeners in the Ignatian tradition - one that is accessible and affordable to individuals who have full-time work and family responsibilities. For more information, contact Martina O'Shea (

Click here for the Ignatian Training Program brochure. Dates for upcoming programs will be announced soon.



Spiritual ExercisesFaber Training Program to Give the Spiritual Exercises

St. Peter Faber was one of the first Jesuits. He met Ignatius of Loyola when they were studying at the University of Paris. Faber made the full Exercises only after spending four years in spiritual conversation with Ignatius. Once he made them, however, Faber proved to be a master ‘giver’ of the Exercises. In Ignatius’ estimation, Faber was the best of all the first companions in giving the Exercises to others. After the Society of Jesus was founded in 1540, Faber spent most of his time in Germany. He was convinced that the Exercises were the most effective way to remedy divisions among Christians and reform the Church.

In instituting an innovative program for training in the Spiritual Exercises, we rely on the patronage of Peter Faber. Like Faber, we aspire to become effective guides of the Exercises. Understanding the need to carefully discern one’s call to direct the Exercises and learn necessary skills, we devote ample time and resources in preparing individuals for the ministry of the Exercises. Finally, we cherish the Exercises as Ignatius’ gift to the Church. Not only do the Exercises help people on their own journey of faith, but they can animate the spiritual, pastoral, theological, and liturgical life of the Church.

Our hope with the Peter Faber Program is to form skilled ministers of the Spiritual Exercises primarily for ministry to the People of God in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The program will enable participants to develop the competencies included in the document, “Guiding Standards for Those Who Give the Spiritual Exercises,” approved by the Jesuit provincials of the United States and English-speaking Canada 2009.

The program is sponsored by Holy Trinity Church with participation from Georgetown University faculty.

For more information, please contact Martina O’Shea (