Ignatian spirituality is at the heart of the Jesuit educational tradition. Founded on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Ignatian spirituality insists that God is present in all things and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.
The cornerstone of Ignatian spirituality is the Spiritual Exercises. The exercises can be completed with a spiritual director during a short-term retreat, or over the course of a year. The exercises bring one closer to God through prayer, contemplation, and vocational discernment.
At USF, many faculty and staff members participate in programs ranging from half-day retreats on campus to a year-long version of the Spiritual Exercises called the 19th Annotation Program. Many of these programs are organized by University Ministry.