The Jesuit Center sponsors and cooperates with a variety of programs designed to offer employees of the University the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Jesuit and Catholic educational traditions and to hone their skills in articulating and living out that understanding.
Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP)
ICP draws its name from St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) who first committed Jesuits to the work of education in 1547. Nominated by the presidents of their institutions, ICP participants commit themselves to an 18-month process of learning, reflection and action culminating in a work-related project that advances his or her home institution’s mission. The program is designed to develop mission-related leadership skills in dedicated lay men and women.
AJCU Leadership Seminar
The Washington, DC-based Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities offers a two-phase leadership seminar, which meets for one week in two successive summers at Loyola University in Chicago. Covering a wide range of topics – everything from finance and admissions to curriculum development and student affairs, from study abroad and service programs to faith formation and the hiring of a president – the Seminar is designed to address the many issues facing current academic and administrative leaders and the developing leaders who will guide Jesuit education into the 21st Century.
Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar
Moderated by a team of University of Scranton professors and academic administrators, this weeklong seminar is designed to provide faculty and staff a broad introduction to the Catholic intellectual tradition that gave rise to and continues to animate Catholic universities, including the University of Scranton. Participants engage the Catholic intellectual tradition through consideration of texts highlighting the thought, art and spirituality of major figures of the early Church, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, as well as the 19th and 20th centuries.
Faculty Seminar in Ignatian Vision and Pedagogy
This weeklong seminar, offered to faculty every August, involves a set of assigned readings which are discussed under the direction of Fr. Ronald McKinney, SJ of the Philosophy Department. The experience focuses on the Catholic and Jesuit nature of our educational enterprise. The history, spirituality, and pedagogical theory of the Jesuits are explored in terms of how professors can better incorporate this vision into their University of Scranton classrooms.
Ignatian Spirituality of Teaching Seminar
This weeklong, faith-based seminar is offered every August and engages professors seeking a deeper understanding of the relationship between their own faith and the spirituality of teaching as it is understood in the Jesuit tradition. It draws on the images, themes and presuppositions of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as a way of fostering conversation about what difference it makes that one is a professor at a Jesuit university.
Ignatian Spirituality: Faith for Real Life Seminar
This faith-based seminar examines elements of the life of St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality in order to integrate Ignatian values into our daily lives. The seminar further explores and deepens our understanding of the role we play as lay people in advancing the Catholic, Jesuit Mission of the University.
Facilities Operations Department Retreats
Offered twice yearly, these one-day retreats take place at the Chapman Lake Retreat House and allow personnel from the Facilities Operations Department to get away from their daily routines and engage their colleagues in conversation on their roles within the life of the University.