As a spiritual community, members of ‘Companions’ have an opportunity to gather together monthly via Zoom to spend some time in God’s presence to share prayer and quiet reflection.

These gatherings are held on the second Friday of each month at 9.30am (AEST) for 1 hour.  Prior to each gathering, members are provided with a reminder and details of the Zoom link.  Any enquiries can be directed to Terry Fanning:


All of the Professional Development opportunities for Companions members during 2024 will be offered at no individual cost to members.

The following Professional Development opportunities are a part of the Arrupe student formation program and have been offered to Companions members by Michael Loughnane, Arrupe Program Coordinator.  All sessions will be on Zoom and the times indicated are AEST. Reminders will be sent out to all members the week prior to each session and will include details of the Zoom link.


Wednesday April 24, 5.00pm-7.00pm

The Dynamics of the Four Weeks of the Exercises (Part 1)

A study of the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises & how to accompany through each phase.
First Week – being a wounded lover
Second Week – Helping exercitants to walk with Jesus
Iain Radvan SJ & Micheál Loughnane


Wednesday May 1, 5.00pm-7.00pm

The Dynamics of the Four Weeks of the Exercises (Part 2)

Third Week – being with people in suffering; walk with them in love … a place of ‘unknowing’ and trust
Fourth Week – how to negotiate the experience of joy.
Iain Radvan SJ & Micheál Loughnane


Wednesday May 8, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Spiritual Conversation (Conversation in the Spirit)

Why would we have conversation in the Spirit? How do we listen and accompany?
What is our way of proceeding? – Journaling: a tool to anchor and notice.
Who is actively walking with you? Do you have a spiritual friend/s?
Mary Robson & Murray Adams


Wednesday May 15, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Personal & Spiritual Development (part 2)

Faith Development: A Jungian Perspective.
Here we will explore Jungian concepts such and Archetypes, Complexes, The Shadow, Animus & Anima, and dreamwork.
Is there a connection between Jungian thought and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius?
Micheál Loughnane


Wednesday August 14, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Adaptation in the Exercises – in the light issues of gender, culture, multi-denominational backgrounds

Annmarie Paulin-Campbell (South Africa)


Wednesday August 21, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Dealing with Resistance
Resistance is inevitable: How is the Ignatian director to deal with it?
Creating a safe environment. Awareness of avoidance on the part of the director (are there issues I, as director, don’t want to talk about?)
Micheál Loughnane


Wednesday September 4, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Ignatius and The Spiritual Diary

Sacha Bermudez Goldman SJ


Wednesday, October 2, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Negotiating Trauma in Spiritual Direction

Rachel McLoughlin IBVM


Wednesday October 9, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Ethics and the Spiritual Director
How do you keep your directees safe?
Mandatory reporting
What to bring to supervision?
Care of oneself
Michael Smith SJ


Wednesday October 16, 5.00pm-7.00pm

Rules for thinking with the Church in the Spiritual Exercises
What does this mean today?
Synodal spirituality?
Who is my community?
Those who belong to other denominations and faith traditions?
What are the different perspectives we bring to the Exercises as givers?
Diversity within the Church
Julie Trinidad (Adelaide)


The following Professional Development opportunity is being jointly facilitated by the Arrupe Program, JISA and Companions. (Further details will be made available closer to the event)


Saturday September 21, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Mystagogical Approach to the Spiritual Exercises

Javier Melloni SJ (Manresa, Spain)