Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia (JISA) is a ministry of the Society of Jesus in Australia. The Jesuits are a worldwide religious order within the Catholic Church.

The Society of Jesus was founded by St Ignatius Loyola and his Companions in 1540. The Spiritual Exercises are the fruit of Ignatius’ lived experience and his relationship with God. They are an expression of God’s gift to Ignatius and the Church.

JISA is a national community of people formed in the way of Ignatian Spirituality. We give the Spiritual Exercises in all their forms; guided retreats, spiritual conversation, discernment, spiritual direction, supervision, formation for leadership and mission. JISA’s centres offer day and residential hospitality for individuals, groups, and organisations. We offer programs in person, online, and at other venues.



The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola

The origin of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola are found in Ignatius’ own personal experience of conversion and prayer. He kept a journal where he recorded his particular spiritual experiences that he felt could be of benefit to others.

Through a process of reflection, Ignatius produced a manual of considerations, meditations, contemplations and notes to help others advance their spiritual life and deepen their relationship with God. Within a short period of time the Spiritual Exercises became renown for their transformative effect on those who received them.

The Spiritual Exercises invite us to contemplate the life and mission of Jesus and deepen this experience through accompanying Him in his life, pain and resurrected joy – as we experience in our own lives.
Contact us to find out how the Spiritual Exercises can be adapted for you or your group.

Ignatian Discernment

Discernment is the process of making sound decisions about the meaning and direction of our lives. Authentic discernment calls for knowledge, insight, and experience but also the wisdom of the heart, firm commitment, and unremitting effort. As an exercise of our God-given freedom, spiritual discernment seeks to know our place in the Creator’s plan for ourselves and for our world.

True discernment, born of our loving relationship with God and our human freedom, brings with it a deep spiritual joy and fulfilment. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide us in our daily efforts to live lives of holiness, wisdom, and fidelity to the saving truth of the Gospel.

Summarised from Pope Frances’ General Audience, Wednesday, 31 August 2022

We invite you to explore the new JISA Discernment Series, a doorway to Ignatian Discernment…

Try this Spiritual Exercise

Experience this Online Pilgrimage

We come to you – Ignatian Spirituality for your community

Retreats and spiritual direction, experience and training in Ignatian discernment and spiritual conversation.

Teams of Ignatian Spiritual Directors and Retreat Givers are available to visit your group or community. Contact us to discuss your desires and don’t let cost be an off-putting factor in your decision, we can meet you where you are.

Host your meeting, retreat, or event with us

Our residential centre in Pymble, only 40mins north of Sydney’s CBD, offers ideal retreat and meeting spaces for up to 40 people residentially and 120 people for day programs in five acres of beautiful gardens and bushland. Contact us for a tour.

Spiritual Direction

Ignatian Spiritual direction helps you to become aware of God’s presence in your daily life, deepen your intimacy with God, discern how to make good choices, and find greater meaning in life. A spiritual
director accompanies you in a confidential, non-judgemental, one-to-one conversation as you explore your relationship with God, yourself, and others.

Spiritual Directors gently guide you into paying attention to how God might be speaking to you in your ordinary life experiences and reflections in prayer. A session lasts about an hour and may occur during
a retreat or on a regular basis in daily life. Spiritual direction is open to everyone, whether you are new to Ignatian Spirituality or familiar. Available in PERSON and ONLINE.

Formation for your ministry and organisation

Ignatian formation for mission and apostolic ministry including reflective practice for regular meetings and key decisions, facilitating discerning conversations, staff and leadership spirituality days, retreats and prayer, spiritual direction, and professional pastoral supervision, to name a few. Working with you in your context. One-off or a series of offerings, ready-to-go and bespoke programs.

What's On

  • All
  • Australian Ignatian Trail
  • Being with God in Nature
  • Contemplative Arts
  • Contemplative Walks
  • Discernment Retreats
  • Eight Day Retreats
  • Faber Fridays
  • First Spiritual Exercises
  • Full Spiritual Exercises
  • How to Pray
  • Ignatian Spirituality Courses
  • Ignatius
  • Introductory Retreats
  • JISA Campion VIC
  • JISA Canisius - NSW
  • JISA Faber - QLD
  • JISA Sevenhill - SA
  • Lenten
  • Online
  • Quiet Time
  • Reflection Days
  • Residential
  • Retreat in Daily Life
  • Silent Directed Retreats
  • Silent Retreats over 3 to 8 days
  • The Spiritual Exercises
  • Weekend Retreat
Ignatian Silent Directed Retreat – Sevenhill SA – BOOKED OUT
Mar 08, 2024
JISA Sevenhill – SA, College Road
Sevenhill, SA
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Quiet Time in the Bush, Pymble NSW
Mar 14, 2024
JISA Canisius – NSW, Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
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Ignatian Silent Directed Retreats – Pymble NSW
Mar 15, 2024
JISA Canisius – NSW, Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
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Light Retreat
Mar 15, 2024
JISA Canisius – NSW, Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
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Two Hours of Quiet – Mini Retreat Mornings
Mar 23, 2024
JISA Faber – QLD, 111 Sir Samuel Griffith Dr
Bardon, QLD 4065 Australia
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Contemplative Walk, Sherbrook Forest VIC
Mar 23, 2024
Ferny Creek Recreational Reserve, Cnr Clarkmont & Hilton Rds
Sassafras, VIC 3787 Australia
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Silent Directed Retreat – Holy Week
Mar 24, 2024
Santa Casa Spirituality Centre, 33-35 Flinders Street
Queenscliff, Vic 3225 Australia
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Quiet Time in the Bush, Kew VIC
Mar 25, 2024
Jesuit Social Services Bush Hut, 110 Studley Park Road
Kew, Vic 3101 Australia
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Australian Ignatian Trail
Apr 04, 2024
South Australia, SA Australia
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Re-framing Hope – Retreat Days
Apr 06, 2024
JISA Canisius – NSW, Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
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News - Blogs

Real discernment in forging a future under the Holy Spirit’s guidance

Real discernment in forging a future under the Holy Spirit’s guidance

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The Awareness Examen - A Tool for Discernment

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