About Companions

Our Background
The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are a centuries-old process that grew out of the personal spiritual experiences of Íñigo López de Loyola and his reflection on the spiritual conversations he had with men and women of his time.
Ignatius developed a dynamic pattern of prayer exercises that invited those who made them to encounter profoundly Jesus Christ, to be deeply converted and to live their daily lives with a renewed sense of mission.

Vision
The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are a highly effective instrument by which God acts to bring about radical spiritual and personal transformation in our time and culture.
The ministry of giving the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises to modern men and women calls for the highest standards of formation, practice and accountability.

Companions gratefully acknowledges that, iin God's providence, more and more men and women in the Church are being called to this ministry.

Companions
Given the significance of the Exercises for the contemporary Church, the Companions in the Ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises ( Companions ) has been formed to provide those engaged in giving the Spiritual Exercises the opportunity to enhance their understanding and practice of Ignatian spirituality.  Companions is a national professional association of givers of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises who are committed to the highest standards of formation, ethical practice and accountability.

Companions offer:
(a) nationally recognised standards for the formation of givers of the Spiritual Exercises;
(b) a code of ethics for the ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Australia ;
(c) on-going formation for men and women engaged in the ministry of giving the Exercises;
(d) annual gatherings of members;
(e) encouragement and mentoring of new givers of the Spiritual Exercises;
(f) networking opportunities.

Statement of Purpose

We are committed to:

  • being a community of consolation
  • a communication network
  • building relationships
  • nurturing, encouraging formation and sharing tools for the ministry
  • generative dialogue
  • facilitating the sharing of the work of the Lord within us
  • making sense of our experiences of God
  • companioning one another
  • listening with the heart to deeper desires

We will explore the idea of a national register of teh givers of teh Spiritual Exercies, and an ongoing review of structures.

Membership

Companions welcomes men and women in formation and those already engaged in the ministry of giving the Exercises to become members so that the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises will continue to be available to men and women in Australia . Companions offers:
(a) 18th Annotation Membership
(b) 19th and 20th Annotation Membership
(c) Student Membership
(d) Associate Membership

More detailed descriptions of these levels of membership can be found in the Membership Requirements for Companions .

Equivalent Competence
Some givers of the Exercises have a wealth of experience and an obvious charism for the ministry. These men and women may have practiced this ministry for many years, without necessarily having completed a recognised formation program. Companions will formally recognise those givers of the Exercises who can demonstrate equivalent competence, knowledge and experience.

Levels and Costs of Membership
(a) 18th Annotation Member
A person who fulfils the criteria set forth in the Membership Requirements shall be entitled to become an 18 th Annotation Member.
18 th Annotation Membership Fee is $150 per annum.
(b) 19th and 20th Annotation Member
A person who fulfils the criteria set forth in the Membership Requirements shall be entitled to become a 19 th and 20 th Annotation Member.
19 th and 20 th Annotation Membership Fee is $150 per annum.

(c) Student Member
A Student Member must be a candidate in a formation program which fulfils the criteria set out in the Membership Requirements .
Student Membership Fee is $55 per annum.

(c) Associate Member
An Associate Member must fulfil the criteria set out in the Membership Requirements .
Associate Membership Fee is $55 per annum.

There is a once-only General Entrance Fee of $75 for all applicants.