Board Formation

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The Jesuit Schools Network has developed the materials below to support member schools in the Ignatian formation of their governing boards.

Introduction to St. Ignatius of Loyola: The Founder of the Jesuits

St. Ignatius from Jasminne Mendez on Vimeo.

(The introduction can also be read here.)

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A Biography – St. Ignatius of Loyola: The Founder of the Jesuits
George Traub, S.J. and Debra Mooney, Ph.D.

Reflection Questions

  • What experiences in St. Ignatius’s early life helped him to be the leader that he was in the last 16 years of his life?
  • What are some key events (i.e., circumstances, decisions, coincidences) in my life that have led me to be the leader-trustee that I am today?
  • What life circumstances, leadership qualities, and/or governance styles do I have in common with St. Ignatius?
  • Why did I accept the invitation to serve on this board?

Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian Spirituality from Jasminne Mendez on Vimeo.

(The introduction can also be read here.)

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Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises
Debra Mooney, Ph.D.

God’s Grandeur
Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Activity

Ignatian spirituality is best understood through experience. Thus, you are invited to take time out from each of your very busy days, for seven days in a row, to engage in a few minutes of Ignatian prayer and reflection. Choose from the following options:

The Examen: A Daily Prayer
Reflection, Photos: Creating Privileged Moments
Scriptual Reflection: Finding God in All Things

Reflection Questions

  • What insights did I gain about myself personally, professionally and/or as a trustee through the process of Ignatian reflection?
  • How might the practice of Ignatian spirituality influence my work as a trustee (for instance, with regards to the tasks of strategic thinking, stewardship, collaboration, deliberation, support and counsel)?

Jesuit Mission

Jesuit Mission from Jasminne Mendez on Vimeo.

(The introduction can also be read here.)

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From the texts of recent General Congregations

Men and Women for Others

Reflection Questions

  • What are two important ways that our school implements Jesuit mission?
  • What aspect of the mission of the Society challenges me as a trustee?
  • How does the current agenda of our board committee help the school prepare “men and women for and with others”?

Ignatian Discernment, Part One: What Is Ignatian Discernment?

Ignatian Discernment Part One from Jasminne Mendez on Vimeo.

(The introduction can also be read here.)

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Discernment in a Nutshell
Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J.

Description of Consolation and Desolation
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Reflection Questions

  • What about Ignatian discernment interests or attracts you? Why?
  • Think of some times when you have experienced consolation. What was that experience like? What kind of impact did it have on you?
  • Think of some small choice or decision that you need to make in the near future. How could you use Ignatian discernment to help make this choice?

Ignatian Discernment, Part Two: Ignatian Discernment and the Work of Our Board

Ignatian Discernment Part Two from Jasminne Mendez on Vimeo.

(The introduction can also be read here.)

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For further consideration about Ignatian discernment:

Ignatius would always press us to enter more deeply into understanding a matter, its components and implications.

  • Such reflection hopes to identify and understand the movements of grace embedded in the human experience.
  • The process of discernment embodies the conviction that God’s grace is active in our hearts and minds precisely through our personal experience.
  • Over time awareness of such experience enables individuals and groups to understand the values at work in human situations as I/we confront a particular decision now before me/us. This deeper understanding can then lead to effective strategic thinking and planning.

Reflection Questions

  • What is a benefit that you could envision if your board committee used some aspects of Ignatian discernment?
  • Is there some committee discussion on the current or future agenda where one or more of the six aspects of discernment above might be helpful and realistic to try?
  • As you plan your committee’s work, might it help to add this question to some agenda item: “In approaching this item, what aspects of Ignatian discernment might we explicitly include as part of our discussion?”