Diploma in Ignatian Spirituality (D.I.S.)

Awarded by Regis College


The Diploma in Ignatian Spirituality is for persons interested in developing the ministry of spiritual direction with an emphasis on the apostolate of the Spiritual Exercises. These include religious and lay people, drawn from North America and internationally -- as well as those who are in training to assume positions of leadership in diverse Christian traditions and are seeking practical training in discernment, facilitation of groups, and ways of reading contemporary culture.

This diploma addresses the needs of those who are becoming more involved in the apostolate of the Spiritual Exercises. This course of studies provides ongoing formation for spiritual directors, with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality, and on the Spiritual Exercises in a closed 30 day retreat or in an adapted setting such as the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life.


  • The program assists women and men to discern their capacity for the ministry of spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition.
  • Offers opportunities for ongoing professional development integrating theological reflection with the practice of spiritual direction.
  • Fosters an integration of practical training in the art of spiritual direction and critical reflection in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
  • Works collaboratively with established programs, institutions and communiites committed to maintaining and promoting the availability of spiritual direction in everyday life and in retreat settings.
  • Advances the intellectual development of those seeking further study in spiritual direction with an emphasis on the Ignatian charism.