Seminars in Ignatian Leadership

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The Seminars in Ignatian Leadership is a unique program to develop leaders for the Jesuit school of the future. The program is open to those working in the apostolate of Jesuit pre-secondary or secondary education who desire to enhance their roles in the ministry of teaching through outstanding leadership and service as Ignatian educators, whether in the capacity of faculty members, department chairs, program directors or administrators.  [View Brochure]

Origins and History

Since 1993, JSEA (now Jesuit Schools Network) has offered the Seminars in Ignatian Leadership, a three-year program to train Ignatian Leaders for the Jesuit school of the future.  The successor to the Jesuit Secondary School Administrator Program (JSSAP) offered by the JSEA’s Commission on Research and Development (CORD) at Fordham University, the seminars have over 300 graduates, contributing to Ignatian leadership in Jesuit schools.  The seminars had been offered under a cohort model with each cohort meeting twice per year, typically once in October and once in February for a total of six sessions.  There were different themes for each year – Year 1: Ignatian Leadership and Apostolic Vision, Year 2: Ignatian Leadership and the Responsible Use of Power, and Year 3: Ignatian Leadership and the Dynamics of Change.

In 2016, the program was revised, moving to a Four + One model, a two-year program (typically one session in October and February) with a more explicitly Ignatian “trajectory” including an experience of the Spiritual Exercises as the “plus one”.

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

All participants are invited & encouraged to have an experience of the Spiritual Exercises either before, during, or shortly after their involvement with the seminars.  They may do this by attending a five or eight-day retreat at a center of their choice, through participation in an 18th or 19th annotation program, or through a retreat designed by the Jesuit Schools Network and offered regularly as a companion to the seminars.


Sessions begin with dinner on 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.

The program has been designed with adult learning theory specifically in mind. Every effort is made throughout to incorporate approaches that respect the learning style preferences of participants. Above all else, the program attempts to model Ignatian Pedagogy by engaging Seminar participants in a continual interplay of experience, reflection and action.


Approximately $3,000 per year (depending on cohort locations) which includes tuition, room and board, as well as all materials.

Nomination Process

Participation requires the nomination from a school president or principal (or their designee).  Schools are invited to nominate participants (up 2 per cohort).  Nominees complete a short registration form which includes selection of cohort preference.

Three cohorts begin each fall and each cohort is limited to 18 participants.

To nominate participants from your school, or for specific questions about the seminars and the curriculum, contact Jeff Howard, the Seminars Coordinator.