Speeches and Documents

Speeches and Documents



Jesuit Origins


The Autobiography of St. Ignatius

The life of Ignatius of Loyola in his own words. Print edition also available at the William H. Hannon Library.


The Spiritual Exercises

St. Ignatius' method of prayer, meditation, and reflection that forms the basis of Ignatian spirituality. Print edition also available at the William H. Hannon Library. Note: The Exercises themselves are addressed to the person guiding the retreatant, not the retreatant herself; for an introduction, it may be more helpful to participate in a retreat or other reflection experience based on the Exercises. Opportunities for such experiences are available through Campus Ministry (for students) and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (for faculty and staff).


The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus

Governing document for the Society of Jesus. Print edition also available at the William H. Hannon Library.


Ratio Studiorum

Document standardizing education provided at Jesuit institutions in 1599 and forming the basis for contemporary Jesuit education and pedagogy. Print edition also available at the William H. Hannon Library.



Jesuit Education and Ignatian Pedagogy


Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II (1990)

Apostolic constitution issued by Pope John Paul II on the characteristics and roles of Catholic colleges and universities


The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, Society of Jesus (1986)


Ignatian Pedagogy: A Practical Approach, Society of Jesus (1993)


Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: A Self-Evaluation Instrument, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (2012)


Brackley-Jesuit_University_in_a_Broken_World, Dean Brackley, SJ (2005) 


The University as a Source of a Reconciled Life, Arturo Sosa, SJ (2018)




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