Arrupe® Program Summary

Arrupe® Program Summary


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.

Prospective students will be required to complete the Application Form which will ask for details about the applicants history of formal study as well as their experience and commitment to prayer and Ignatian spirituality.


There will be ongoing discernment throughout the Arrupe program by both program leaders and the students themselves. Students will be assessed on their demonstration of the attributes listed in the Annotations for Givers of the Exercises and the Code of Ethics of Companions in the Ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.


The Program Coordinator is Dr Micheál Loughnane, who works on behalf of 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.