About the Arrupe Program

About the Arrupe Program

The Arrupe Program is the approved national program of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus for the formation of Givers of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Spiritual Directors in the Ignatian tradition. The Arrupe Program is concomitant with and adjunct to the Master of Spiritual Direction (MSD) degree offered by Australian Catholic University (ACU), yet distinct from it. The decision about whether to grant Arrupe accreditation to a candidate is made by a committee appointed by the Jesuit Provincial in consultation with the Coordinator of the Arrupe Program and others involved in the candidate’s formation.

The Program Coordinator is Dr Micheál Loughnane, who works for the Australian Province and is responsible for recruiting suitable students into this supplementary program that offers accompaniment, enrichment and mentoring in their academic and personal formation towards becoming accredited givers of the Spiritual Exercises.

In order to become a giver of the Spiritual Exercises we expect candidates to be enrolled in, or have completed, a spiritual direction course.  Students of the Spiritual Direction courses at ACU as well as other graduates of other programmes can apply to enrol in The Arrupe Program, which prepares people to apply for accreditation from the Australian Jesuits as givers of the Spiritual Exercises. The Coordinator of the Arrupe Program is Dr Micheál Loughnane (

At ACU there are two options for spiritual direction studies: 

    1. Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction:
      https://Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction
    2. Master of Spiritual Direction:
      https://Master of Spiritual Direction

ACU welcomes all enquiries.
For all admission, enrolment and course enquiries, please emailAskACU or call 1300 275 228.

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