Arrupe NZ offers the Arrupe Program for forming spiritual directors in the Ignatian Tradition in New Zealand. The Arrupe Program is designed to form spiritual directors in the Ignatian Tradition and givers of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. For more, visit their website.
Pedro Arrupe “has been called the second founder of the Jesuits. In the spirit of Ignatius of Loyola who 450 years earlier developed a spirituality that engages the world. Pedro Arrupe 1907-1991, leaves a legacy that enriches not only Jesuits but the church at large. It is a legacy of “men and women for others” committed to human dignity, the common good, and integration of lay men and women into the Jesuit mission, defined as the service of faith and promotion of Justice.”
Arrupe NZ has evolved from the Christchurch SEED Course. SEED was founded by Revd. Pamela Warnes and since 2005 the SEED team have discerned together a commitment to establish the Arrupe Program in NZ.
SEED was a formation program in the ministry of Spiritual direction based on Ignatian Spirituality, and I completed the 18-month Spiritual Director training course while Pamela was living in Hamilton. It was a profoundly life-changing experience, and I so valued the Ignatian approach, a spirituality and approach I’ve continued to learn about in the years since completing that course, including a weekend retreat with Monty Williams SJ on film and spirituality (see the second edition of his book on the Spiritual Exercises and Film. It’s an updated version of the first edition, which includes films released since the first edition).
Williams is doing a week-long course on the dynamics of desire in the Spiritual exercises in October 2016, which looks very good and I must say I’m feeling a little tempted to attend myself. (PDF flyer can be found at the bottom of this post).
The first Ignatian book I ever read was the very good Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius (my first edition HC copy Pub. 2002) by Paul Mariani. In terms of the place of desire in Ignatian Spirituality I’d highly recommend Philip Sheldrake SJ’s Befriending Our Desires (first edition published 1994).
The British Jesuit’s The Way journal have a large number of fascinating articles in their online archive. I highly recommend the journal as an accessible source of all things Ignatian. Below you will find two examples (which I attach for ease only) of two articles from The Way. Both by Philip Sheldrake (mentioned above): Unending Desire: [Michel] De Certeau’s ‘Mystics’. (pub. 2001), and Befriending Our Desires (pub. 1995). They can both also be found in the online Archive.
For more on Pedro Arrupe I recommend as a great starting point Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings in Orbis’ Modern Spiritual Masters series.