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(D) INTD 384: The Loyola Experience: An Ignatian Pilgrimage
Rome, Italy; Various Cities: Spain, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 04/15/2018 04/30/2018 TBA TBA
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University of Scranton Faculty Led Study Abroad Program
Program Description:
INTD 384
The Loyola Experience: An Ignatian Pilgrimage
An SJLA Honors Program Travel Course in Spain and Rome

 

Note: You must have the instructor's permission to apply for this course

The Loyola Experience: An Ignatian Pilgrimage, which runs for two weeks beginning in mid-in June, retraces the steps of the early Jesuits, visiting important Ignatian sites in Spain and Rome. It spans much of the life of Ignatius of Loyola, from his birth at the Loyola family castle in the Basque region of Spain to his death in the apartment next to the Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome. Other locations visited include Pamplona, Javier, Manresa, Montserrat, and Barcelona.

Instructors:  Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D.—University of Scranton
Peter Folan, S.J.—Boston College, Chaperone

This is a three-credit, interdisciplinary travel course comprising aspects of theology, history, art, education, and philosophy. The primary objective of the course is to provide a vibrant and imaginative way to understand and interpret the charism of St. Ignatius of Loyola, his role in the Church and in modern education, and the innovation at the heart of the Society of Jesus and its mission. The pilgrimage will retrace the steps of the early Jesuits, visiting important Ignatian sites in Spain and Rome. It will span much of the life of Ignatius of Loyola, from his birth at the Loyola family castle to his death in the apartment next to the Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome.
Topics for the course include:

I. Ignatius of Loyola, His Life Story
A. Early influences
B. Experience of conversion, purification, transformation
C. Pilgrim Years
D. Rome, not Jerusalem
E. From private piety to communal spirituality

In addition to reading the autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola, we will visit the places of his birth, baptism, and conversion. We will visit Pamplona and the site where he was wounded in battle; Montserrat, where he gave up his sword to take up the pilgrim’s staff; and Manresa, where he nearly succumbed to scrupulosity, composing the Spiritual Exercises on his way out. We will follow his path to Barcelona and to Rome, where he composed the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and, eventually, died.  As we visit these locations, we shall seek to enter into the story of St. Ignatius through his practice of Composition of Place. Through discussion, reflection, and prayer we shall attempt not only to learn about key moments in the development of the life of the Saint, but also to understand how those moments are of universal significance on the Christian journey generally, and on our own individual journeys personally. In this way, the course provides the conditions for the possibility of a practicum.

Guiding questions:
1. What is the historical, socio-economic, political, and religious context in the story of St. Ignatius?
2. How do the key events of his life reveal the shaping of his vision, values, and ways of proceeding?
3. How does his story shed light on the founding, the spirit, and the ways of proceeding of the Society of Jesus, particularly in its work in education?

II. Ignatian Spirituality
A. The experience of Ignatius/the experience of the person entering the Spiritual Exercises
B. Dispositions, presuppositions, adaptations
C. The purpose sought
D. The overall structure: First Principle and Foundation, Four Movements, Election, Confirmation, Contemplation in Action
Format: Presentations of the basic structure and intent of the Spiritual Exercises; small group sharing, opportunity for reflection and questions. 
Guiding Questions:
1. How do the dynamics of the Exercises emerge out of the lived experience of Ignatius? How does Ignatius order and adapt the Exercises so that they address the experience of others?
2. What are the goals of the Exercises? What is sought?
3. What do the structure and dynamics of the Exercises reveal about Jesuit spirituality? What light do they shed on the vision, values and mission of Jesuit Higher Education?

III. Jesuit Spirituality
A. Origin of the Society: Deliberation of the First Jesuits
B. Defining characteristics of the Society
C. The spirit of the Constitutions
Format: Lecture: Ignatian spirituality/Jesuit spirituality; Dialogue: From the individual experience to the communal.
Guiding Questions:
1. What characteristics would you identify as constitutive of a Jesuit spirituality?
2. In what significant ways do these characteristics contribute to the Jesuit identity and mission in higher education?
IV. Jesuit Education: The Roots
Format: Lecture, discussion of readings, reflection focused on the roots of Jesuit education in St. Ignatius’s own experiences, the best education for the time, the needs of students, the needs of society.
Guiding Questions:
1. From what experiences did St. Ignatius draw his educational ideals?
2. What were the purposes of the early Jesuit schools?
3. By what means were these aims achieved?
4. What was the relation between classical letters and virtue?
5. How were teachers to be?

V. Jesuit Education Today
Format: Discussion and reflection centered on Jesuit education in our contemporary context
Guiding Questions:
1. How has the Society of Jesus interpreted its founding educational documents to adapt practice to a contemporary setting?
2. How can the principles of Jesuit education best and most faithfully be carried forward today?
3. Which “ways of proceeding” and Jesuit educational goals are essential today?
4. What compromises must be made?
5. In what sense is the work of students and faculty and staff at the University of Scranton a work of Jesuit education?
6. Could or should it be more so? How?

VI.  Jesuit and Catholic
Format: Visiting key Ignatian sites in Rome. Visiting the Vatican. Lecture, discussion of readings and reflection focused on Ignatius’s own experiences and the experiences of American Catholics today.
Guiding Questions:
1. What do the Constitutions say about the relation between the Society of Jesus and the Roman Catholic Church? How if at all does the context in which the Constitutions were written shape their vision of the relation between the Society and the Church?
2.  What are some of the unique challenges and opportunities in being American, Catholic and Ignatian in the world today?
3. What for you have been some of the most important insights gained from this course?
4. What do you think the Jesuit vision of education has to offer in this particular moment of history?

Selected Assigned Texts:
1. Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola
2. The First Jesuits, John W. O’Malley
3. Ignatian Humanism, Ron Madras
4. Eyes to See, Ears to Hear (Excerpts), David Lonsdale
a. Ch. 1: “Images of Ignatius”
b. Ch. 2 “Images of Jesus”
5. Selected Readings from Deliberation, Formula, Examen, Constitutions
6. Arrupe, Pedro “Jesuits Mission in Higher Education;” “Leigh, David, “Is there a Jesuit Vision of the Liberal Arts?” Kolvenbach Address at Santa Clara; Nicolas Address at Mexico City

Evaluation
1. Students are required to do all assigned readings on time. Reading quizzes and discussion will be used to measure whether students accomplish this goal.
2. Each student must keep a daily journal of experiences and insights gained. Journals will be collected and read by both instructors. They will be evaluated in terms of how insightfully they connect students’ own experiences with the content of readings, lectures and discussions.
3. Participation in all events and discussions.
4. Each student will meet with both instructors for a final oral exam.
5. A final paper on one aspect of the course is required.

Travel Itinerary
1. June 17, 2013. Depart from Newark International at 18:05 PM, Lufthansa. Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany at 07:35 AM; depart for Bilbao, Spain @ 11:30; arrive in Bilbao @ 13:40 PM.
2. June 18. Driver and van to Loyola Castel; stay in Casa de los Ejercicios
3. June 19: Audio tour of Santa Casa; Chapel of the Conversion; hike to Ignatius Statue; stay in Casa de los Ejercicios.
4. June 20: walk to Church of San Sebastian for a tour; depart for the Sanctuary of Arantzazu (approx. 1 hour trip). Bus/van will collect us at Church of San Sebastian; tour of Sanctuary of Arantzazu; return to Loyola; stay in Casa de los Ejercicios..
5. June 21: depart from Loyola. Van/bus to Pamplona (aprox. 1.5 hours). Tour Pamplona. Depart from Church of San Ignacio for Javier. Stay in Jesuit Center next to Castle Xavier.
6. June 22: Tour Castle Xavier. Van to Monasterio de San Salvador de Leyre. Tour Leyre. Return to Javier. Stay in Jesuit Center next to Castle Xavier.
7. June 23: Van/bus from Javier to Manresa. Tour of Cave, River Cordoner, and Cathedral. Stay in Manresa.
8. June 24: Van/Bus to Montserrat. Return to Manresa. Stay in Manreas.
9. June 25: Train to Barcelona. City Tour. Tour Sagrada Famila. Stay in Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel.
10. June 27: Flight from Barcelona to Rome. Transport from airport to Irish College. Walking tour of Rome.
11. June 28: Bus/train to Ignatian chapel outside of Rome. Scavi tour at 13:00. Coliseum in afternoon. Stay in Irish College.
12. June 29: Tour of the Gesu; the apartments of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Tour secular sites in afternoon.
13. June 30: Tour Vatican Museum.  Sistine Chapel. Audience with Pope.
14. June 31: Tour secular sites in Rome.
15. July 1: Depart Rome. Connect in Munich. Arrive in Newark.