Leadership Development

Learn about our long-standing Seminars in Ignatian Leadership program that provides spiritual and professional growth opportunities for our educators.

Leadership Development

Seminars in Ignatian Leadership 

Tim Sassen

Tim Sassen

Director of Leadership Development and Communications

If you have questions related to our Seminars in Ignatian Leadership, please contact me.

Seminars Introduction


The Seminars in Ignatian Leadership is a program provided to educators within the Jesuit Schools Network. The Pasos Ignacianos model of the  program offers a curriculum of leadership development within the context of Ignatius Loyola and his spiritual and vocational growth through his life.   The program has been designed with adult learning theory specifically in mind. The program attempts to model Ignatian pedagogy by engaging Seminar participants in a continual interplay of experience, reflection and action.

For more information, please view the video above/left.


The four session themes and foci:

  • Session I – Loyola: Foundations of Leadership
  • Session II – Manresa: The Spiritual Leader
  • Session III – Paris: The Capable Leader
  • Session IV – Rome: The Authentic Leader

Sessions begin Monday evening and conclude before lunch on Friday.  Each session includes time for large group presentations, small group conversations and time for personal reflection.  Cohorts are led by a team of experienced Seminar alumni, who share their professional and personal knowledge and experience with the participants.

Program Cost

The Pasos Ignacianos model of the Seminars is a two-year, four-session program.  Cost is approximately $3,000 per year (depending on cohort locations), which includes tuition, room and board, and all materials.  Travel costs are additional.

Nomination Process

Participation requires nomination from a school president or principal or their designee.  Communications regarding participant nomination are typically sent out in March. Schools are invited to nominate up to two participants each year.  Nominees then complete a short registration form and are then assigned cohorts for the subsequent cycle. Nominees are informed of their admission to the program in late spring.

Three cohorts begin each fall and each cohort is limited to 20 participants.

Participant Resources

Seminars App

Download the Seminars App

In 2020, we launched a “pocket companion” to the Seminars for both current participants and program alumni.  The free  mobile app is available for iOS and Android phones.

App features include:

  • Access to all program materials
  • Site location information and directions
  • Photo and story sharing
  • JSN Twitter feed
  • Videos, podcasts and network opportunities

Program Materials

Session 3 - Paris

Session 4 - Rome

Beyond Rome – Alumni Resources

Continuing the Camino

Each year, dozens of participants graduate from the Seminars and wonder what’s next? for their experience.  

The JSN works to keep in touch with Seminars grads and ensure that their leadership camino continues beyond Rome.  Opportunities for collaboration, leadership and companionship will be shared via email and continuously via the Seminars App.