The Online Faber Training Program to Give the Spiritual Exercises

SpExSt. 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.

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.

In offering this innovative program for training in the Spiritual Exercises, we rely on the patronage of Peter Faber. The Peter Faber Program forms skilled ministers of the Spiritual Exercises for ministry to the People of God in Washington and the surrounding area. The program enables 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, 2015. For more information, please contact Martina O’Shea (

Click here for the Online Faber Training Program brochure. Our Online Faber Training Program will take place from September, 2020 to May, 2023. The application deadline is August 21, 2020.