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Meditations & Psychological Components of the Spiritual Exercises - Part 1: Principle & Foundation, The Call of the King

The first part of this session focuses on the introductory meditation to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. That meditation states quite clearly, simply and equivocally the purpose of human life. This purpose will be further explicated by reviewing the contemporary positions of scholars who write about the issue of the meaning of life. After that survey, the lecture will return to the meditation as given in the Exercises and see how it agrees/ disagrees and/ or goes beyond the positions of contemporary thought on the question of the meaning of life.

The second part of this session focuses on the pivotal meditation placed by St. Ignatius between the First and Second Weeks of the Exercises. Known as The Call of the King, the imagery is that of chivalric times, and it obviously is an image that is very dear to Ignatius, who was once a soldier. This meditation will be illuminated by comparisons with traits of loyalty and faithfulness which have been studied recently in the area of positive psychology.

Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Contribution: $50 for 1 talk, $80 for 2 talks

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Meditations & Psychological Components of the Spiritual Exercises - Part 2: Three Classes of Men, Contemplation to Attain Love

The first part of this session will look at the meditation known as Three Classes of Men. This meditation concerns the problem of attachment and the corresponding virtue of detachment. After explaining the content, the talk will turn to those areas which are related and have been studied from different perspectives by various schools of psychology. Procrastination and Hoarding are two such areas. By comparison the position taken by Ignatius has some overlapping points as well as places that go beyond the areas studied by psychology.

The second part of this session will look at the crowning meditation of the Spiritual Exercises. It focuses on the meaning of love. As such, it is open to comparison with the plurality of ideas focusing on love. Popular ideas as well as theories and research done in psychology will be used to elucidate the unique approach of St. Ignatius. As the crowning point of the whole Spiritual Exercises, time will be given also to explore just how it does indeed sum up the Exercises as well as serve as the conclusion to the journey which started with the meditation on the Principle and Foundation.

Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Contribution: $50 for 1 talk, $80 for 2 talks

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A Scriptural Journey through the Spiritual Exercises

In this retreat, participants will explore and experience some of the major themes found in the Spiritual Exercises, from our graced history, getting to know Jesus intimately, the Passion narrative and the question of suffering, to living with joy in our everyday life.

The Four Key Meditations (as covered in the talks above) will also be reviewed and seen in the framework of the four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises.

(Note: This retreat includes 1-to-1 spiritual direction. Mass in the Roman Rite will be celebrated on Sunday.)

Dates & Times: Friday, 19 October (7.30pm) - Sunday, 21 October (4.30pm) 2018

Contribution: $270 (non-AC), $330 (AC)

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Fr Jerry Cusumano, SJ's Bio

Fr Jerry Cusumano, SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1963, and was ordained a priest in 1976. He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Arizona State University. He has been based in Japan for several decades, having been missioned there by the Society.

Amongst other appointments, he was professor of psychology at Sophia University in Tokyo from 1991 to 2014 and also served as director of the student counseling center. Upon retirement he became professor emeritus. He is certified in Japan as a clinical psychologist as well as an industrial counselor. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors of Asia-Pacific for 25 years and has served as its President for two years.

Points to Note

  • Refunds as a result of withdrawals from programmes will only be made if requests are made 5 days before the said event.

  • Fr Cusumano is one of our MAGIS series speakers for 2018. This series sees invited foreign Jesuits give talks and retreats on a range of topics. Look out for our last MAGIS series speaker for the year in December.




  1. VENUE for all programmes, unless otherwise stated, will be at the Hall of the Pilgrim, Kingsmead Centre.

  2. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for all our programmes.

  3. REGISTRATION IS CONFIRMED only on receipt of payment.

  4. NO DINNER IS PROVIDED ON THE DAY OF CHECK-IN in the evening. If in doubt please check with the Office.

  5. For non stay-in SEMINARS AND TALKS, registration begins 30 minutes before start time. Please be punctual.