The Gift of Ignatian Spirituality – Self-Paced Anthology (24 Sessions)

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SDI’s best teachings on the application of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in our lives and in our work as spiritual companions.




SDI's best teachings on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, and their relevance to the practice of spiritual direction.

In the short video below, Nicholas Collura, facilitator of many Ignatian sessions from SDI, drops by to express his gratitude for the teachings of Saint Ignatius and their relevance to spiritual direction and companionship.

This Anthology includes the following three SDI webinars, plus our 12-Session course, packaged as a single offering:

Unique & Connected: New Approaches to Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian Spirituality is built on the idea of “Finding God in all things.” This 4-part webinar series, guided by Nita Ng, examines how that deep wisdom and practice is emerging in new ways, including yoga, art, embodiment and women’s empowerment.

Discernment in Troubled Times: Ignatian Wisdom for Spiritual Directors and Companions

Nicholas Collura guides us through four sessions on how we can respond creatively in a world of dysfunction and suffering through the Spiritual Exercises.

Ignatian Spirituality for Women

In this contemplative, experiential webinar series, Sister Anne Arabome, DMin, PhD invites us to pay close attention to the story and uniqueness of each woman’s spiritual experience of God – or however you refer to the ground of all being –  in the context of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

New Perspectives on
Ignatian Spiritual Direction

Lori Stanley and Nicholas Collura along with a rich cast of talented presenters host this 12-session deep dive, giving practitioners the opportunity to unpack new perspectives on Ignatian spiritual direction, and to develop new tools and approaches to their calling.

The entire life of Ignatius was a pilgrim search for the ‘magis’ [Latin: ‘the more’]: the ever-greater glory of God, the ever-fuller service of our neighbor, the more universal good… Mediocrity has no place in Ignatius’ worldview. Jesuits are never content with the status quo, the known, the tried, the already existing. We are constantly driven to discover, redefine, and reach out for the ‘magis.’… For us, frontiers and boundaries are not obstacles or ends, but new challenges to be faced, new opportunities to be welcomed.”

-Concluding Document of the Jesuits 34th General Congregation

SDI is pleased to offer this anthology of our best teachings on Ignatian Spirituality, allowing spiritual directors the opportunity to explore and practice new and creative approaches to this timeless wisdom.  

You will find in this anthology twenty four distinct recorded sessions, representing a diverse group of presenters and facilitators, across vocations and differing forms of service, from 1/1 spiritual direction to group practice, inter and intra-Church communities, the arts, anti-racism and social justice work, among other applications.

All twenty four sessions are immediately available to you upon purchase, which means you can jump right in and engage with any session, in any order, from one single webpage. 

Outline of All Twenty-Four Sessions

Combined, these four offerings would cost over $300. Access them all for a limited time for only $149 for SDI Members ($199 for non-Members).

SDI seeks to support our members in growing their practices, so as to achieve financial sustainability, and have confidence that their deep listening work is providing a strong service to the world. We are happy to offer this anthology course to our community at this discounted price.

Self-Paced Course - All Sessions Available Immediately


Anyone with an interest in Ignatian Spirituality will find nourishment, challenge, and enjoyment in this series!  You do not need to be a spiritual director or companion, or a teacher of the Spiritual Exercises, to benefit from this resonant offering, which is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners. 

The Benefits of an SDI Course


SDI is the largest and oldest network of spiritual companions in the world. For 30 years we have been creating and curating educational offerings for spiritual companions across religious traditions, and we have our finger on the pulse of the spiritual companionship movement in the US and beyond.


Our instructors are the best in the field. Our courses include some of the most renowned and sought-after spiritual teachers in the field of spiritual companionship.


We are committed to making our courses widely available and accessible. We are keeping the course tuition low and have a generous number of scholarships to give out. We strongly encourage any for whom the cost is a challenge to apply for a scholarship.


Watch the lessons when you can, complete the course at your own pace. Our online learning platform is easy to use, and once you purchase you'll find the entire Course and lessons available under your profile. Our Membership Services team is easy to contact and readily available to assist you with questions.


Life learning, not book learning. Experiential, contemplative, spiritual. We want to open a gateway to understanding and connection. We’d rather companion you to an insight than impress you with a list of facts. Because most of our audience are spiritual directors and companions – including chaplains, life coaches and others who offer spiritual care -, we focus on the practical and care-giving side of the equation.


This introductory level course is open to all! There are no prerequisites and no required readings. Each session includes self-contained video content, and often accompanied by workbooks and worksheets you can print and fill out on your own. It's easy to experiment and try out some of the techniques taught in the course.


40 CEU credits available upon completing all sessions.



Nicholas Collura

Nicholas Collura is a spiritual director and visiting retreat director at St. Raphaela Center in Haverford, PA. He earned a Master of Divinity and trained as a spiritual director at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry before spending three years as a Jesuit in California. There, he served as a chaplain at a Jesuit university, at a L’Arche community, and at several juvenile halls and adult state prisons. A board-certified healthcare chaplain and Enneagram teacher, he also co-coordinates EcoPhilly, a faith-based organizing initiative dedicated to creation care in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Lori Stanley

Lori Stanley is the first layperson to become Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in 2018.  With a background in public relations and over 30 years of service within the Diocese of Orange, she brings her experience in pastoral ministry, organizational leadership, marketing, and development to the organization. In 2020 she was appointed as a member of the USCCB’s anti-racism taskforce for the state of California, and is an active participant in the Jesuit Antiracism Sodality (JARS). She earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UT at Dallas and a MA in Pastoral Theology with a concentration in Spiritual Direction from Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

She attributes the principles of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with providing personal insight, contentment and joy in her life. Lori and her husband, Keenan have been married for 33 years and have one adult daughter.  They have been facilitators in the Catholic Engaged Encounter ministry for 19 years. For enjoyment, Lori can be found listening to live gospel and jazz music, playing golf, reading autobiographies and hosting gatherings with family and friends.

Lauren Schwer

A trained educator, dedicated minister, and experienced spiritual director, Lauren Schwerhas been involved with Ignatian formation in a variety of roles for the entirety of the 21st century. Lauren serves as the Director of Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola University Chicago, where she focuses on the spiritual formation of faculty and staff and coordinates the university’s Spiritual Exercises program

Oliver Goodrich

Oliver Goodrich, M.Ed., is a religious educator and spiritual director who is passionate about making spirituality accessible to all. In his 20-year career in higher education, Oliver has worked in a variety of roles supporting college student spiritual wellbeing at Boston College, Loyola University Chicago, Cornell University, and Bowdoin College, where he currently serves as the Director of the Rachel Lord Center for Religious & Spiritual Life.

Lauren Morton

Lauren Morton is the founder of The Bee at Peace project, based on the spiritual wisdom of St. Ignatius, which helps develop new faith-sharing communities that build spiritual growth, brightness, and personal power for Black women. Participants engage in small, Faith-Sharing groups (“honeycombs”) across the South and meet seasonally for prayerful Days of Reflection or overnight Spiritual Retreats.

Edgardo Lugo

Edgardo Lugo is currently serving as the Director of Bereavement at Calvary Hospital where he leads a team of bereavement counselors who offer individual and group counseling to children, adolescent and adults and offer training on grief, mourning and bereavement to education and mental health professionals. Prior to Calvary he served 20 years in community mental health services in New York as a therapist and supervisor. He is a spiritual director and is affiliated with the Ignatian Spirituality in Everyday Life ministry with St. Francis Xavier Church in New York, New York. He was trained in Spiritual Direction in the Center for Spirituality and Justice in Bronx, New York, 1991-1992. He holds an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College, a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, and is currently completing an MA in Christian Spirituality in Fordham University. 

Clairssa Aljentera

Clarissa V. Aljentera works with the Ignatian Solidarity Network as the Director of Education for Justice. She is a second-generation Filipina American who lives and works in Chicago, Il. Clarissa is an author, educator, and performing artist. She has an MA in pastoral ministry from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and a BA in journalism from San Jose State University. 

Marilyn Nash

Marilyn Nash (she/her) is an educator, consultant, and spiritual director, who believes in Revolutionary Love. Her work includes teaching Ignatian Spirituality at Seattle University; consulting with mission-based schools & nonprofits; encouraging individuals & groups to practice discernment, particularly in the context of the culture of Racism; and presenting & writing about these life-giving passions.  She lives & works in the Pacific Northwest on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people, in particular the traditional territory of the Puyallup and Duwamish.

Elise Gower

Elise Gower is the Associate Director for Contemplative Leaders in Action and member of the Ignatian Young Adult Ministries team. She most recently served as the Associate Director of Programs at Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Community Service & Justice. Elise is committed to fostering intentional community around the tradition and values of Ignatian Spirituality. She is drawn to the art of sacred storytelling as a tool for antiracism work and exploring the intersections of spirituality and LGBTQ+ identity. Elise proudly calls Baltimore, Maryland home.

Larry J Morris III

Rev. Larry J. Morris III is the SDI Communities Coordinator, and will be in dialog with Elise on service to the LGBTQ+ Community.. He has a BS in Psychology at Alliant International University, an MDiv and MTS from the Claremont School of Theology, and is currently a Ph.D. student at Christian Theological Seminary. He is the founder and apostle of Communion Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Henderson, NV., and his research interests are at the intersections of race, sexuality, and sacred rhetoric. Learn more at

Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Stephanie Clouatre Davis, OPA, is an Associate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace and is an Ignatian trained Spiritual Director.  In her more than 20 years of ministry for the Catholic Church, she has directed hundreds of retreats and spoken at many conferences for teens, young adults, and adults. Stephanie graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in Theology and spent more than 15 years teaching junior high, high school, and college level courses while seeking masters in both Pastoral Studies and Rhetoric from Loyola University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson has served as an interfaith chaplain at Loyola University Chicago, directing students from a multitude of spiritual and faith backgrounds, running retreats, and companioning them in their adult identity formation. Currently, Brian is the Executive Director of Fathering Together, a non-profit empowering dads to be agents for positive change in the lives of their children. More information about Brian’s work can be found at More information on his non-profit work can be found at 

Becky Eldredge

Becky Eldredge is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, former SDI New Contemplative, and author of two books: The Inner Chapel (Loyola Press, April 2020) and Busy Lives & Restless Souls (Loyola Press, 2017).  She leads a ministry team that offers spiritual direction, resources, and retreats (virtual and in-person) rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Passionate about Ignatian spirituality and teaching people how to pray and discern, Becky draws from over twenty years of ministry experience to help people make room for God in the busyness.  You can learn more about her ministry at

Jenéne Francis

Jenéne Francis is an aspiring contemplative in action who enjoys adapting and offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for days of reflection and retreats. Jenéne recently retired from the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus after many years supporting Jesuits and colleagues who serve retreat houses, spirituality programs, parishes, and as hospital chaplains and other pastoral ministers. Her first career at the Procter and Gamble Company in product development and manufacturing.

Matthew Meyers

Matthew Meyers is the Director of Programs for the Ignatian Spirituality Project. He is devoted to working with nonprofits that build communities of hope and provide transformative experiences. Prior to joining ISP, Matthew worked with undergraduate students in Campus Ministry and as a live-in residential counselor at Boys Hope Girls Hope Cincinnati. Matthew received dual Masters degrees in Public Administration for Nonprofit Management and Theology from Villanova University.

Anne Arabome, DMin, PHD

Anne is the associate director of Marquette University’s Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality. She is a member of the Sisters of Social Service in Los Angeles, CA. She received her training in Ignatian Spirituality at St. Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Wales, UK. Anne is a firm believer in the transformative and renewing power of the Spiritual Exercises and has accompanied people of all walks of life in various settings, including hospital and youth chaplaincy and an internship in L’Arche Community. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in spirituality at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Roehampton, London, UK. She is co-founder of Wellspring Africa, an affiliate with Works In New Directions, a non-profit corporation that operates under the auspices of the Sisters of Social Service. Wellspring assists young African women who live in poverty to move forward with their lives through education and life guidance.

Nita Ng

Since 2006, Nita Neshama Ng has lived and worked full-time in retreat centers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. She teaches in religious and secular settings, to multigenerational and spiritually diverse audiences.  In 2015, the Catholic Bishop of Penang invited her to create the Ministry of Retreat and Spirituality at a diocesan level, a first in Southeast Asia. This ministry is open to all, regardless of faith or background. She became first non-ordained spiritual director appointed to the national Catholic seminary, and also represented Malaysia at the World Community for Christian Meditation 2016 conference in London for her work in sharing the gift of meditation with children.

Nita currently balances her time between the East (based in Hong Kong & Malaysia) and the West (based in London) offering retreats, workshops, spiritual direction, training & supervising others to be Compassionate Listeners, Empowered Grace-Full Women, and in New Ways of Being, in English and Chinese, and online. Her books include My Little Meditations Book, Meditations with Icons: For Children and the Young-at-Heart y Chinese Heart Songs. She also prays through art. Her batik paintings have been exhibited internationally.

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