Initial Ignatian Formation

McQuaid Jesuit provides a comprehensive five year formation process for faculty, staff and administration to carry forward our mission “to inspire young men to pursue excellence in all things, service to others  and life-long justice.”  Why such a comprehensive program?

If the faculty at a Jesuit school are men and women whose lives are inspired by the Ignatian vision, then the question about the percentage of Jesuits on the faculty is not an overriding issue. It is more a question of the quality of the lives of all the faculty, both Jesuit and lay. The school will be Jesuit if the lives of its teachers exemplify and communicate to the students the vision of Ignatius. (Foundations 7)

In applying this vision to secondary education, we assert that Jesuit schools must go beyond the criteria of academic excellence, important as this is, to the far more challenging task of bringing about a true metanoia in their students, that Jesuit schools must move more vigorously toward participation in community affairs, that they must more honestly evaluate their efforts according to the criteria of both the Christian reform of social structures and renewal of the Church.  (Foundations 5) –  Foundations Jesuit Secondary Education Association

Through exposure to materials and reflection on experience personnel new to McQuaid Jesuit will appropriate our Ignatian way of life and mission, enabling full participation in the apostolic work of the Society of Jesus at McQuaid Jesuit.  Expert presenters will delve deeply into areas of  expertise and personal interaction with materials will inspire living and educating with a heightened sense of awareness and intentionality, leading to personal growth and development. Forming lay collaborators within this matrix will yield more effective Jesuit educators, administrators and support staff imbued with a sense of mission at McQuaid Jesuit.

Outcomes At the conclusion of the first year, the cohort will have basic knowledge of the life of St. Ignatius, Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises, Jesuit History and Mission, the History of McQuaid Jesuit, Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and Ignatian Service.
Information Text to guide this phase of learning:  The Jesuit Guide to Everything by James Martin SJ

Monthly meetings highlighting salient topics to Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit Pedagogy

Formation Monthly Cohort Meetings:

Place: Wahl Conference Room

Days:  Tuesdays

Time:  3:15-4:15 PM

Format:  The first part of each meeting (3:15-3:45) features a guest speaker respected for her/his expertise in the area presented. The second part of each meeting (3:45-4:15) is reserved for reflection on the reading and lead by members of the cohort.

Course of Study:

September 17, 2019 

Theme:  “Why McQuaid Jesuit”

Presenters:  2019-2020 Executive Council

October 8, 2019     Theme:  The Life & Mission of St. Ignatius Loyola

Presenters:  Mrs. Lisa Soprano and Mr. Jack Ruppert, 2019 Mahar Scholars, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

Discussion Facilitator:  Matt Rybak

November 5, 2019     Theme:  The Foundation for Jesuit Mission – The Spiritual Exercises

Presenter:  Mr. Tom Greiner and Mrs. Penny Gonzalez

Discussion Facilitator:  Casey MacClaren

December 3, 2019    Theme:  Jesuit History and Mission

Presenter:  Mr. Jack Ruppert, McQJ History Department

Discussion Facilitators: Jordan Printup & Teresa Cote

January 7, 2020     Theme:   History and Mission of McQuaid Jesuit

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Parks, Dean of Students

Discussion Facilitators:  Kristie Robertson-Coyne & Maggie Craig

February 11, 2020   Theme:   Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm

Presenter:  Mr. Dan Hershel, Academic Dean

Discussion Facilitator:  Jordan Cimilluca

March 3, 2020     Theme: Ignatian Service

Presenter:  Mr. Patrick Flaherty, Director of Service and Justice

Discussion Facilitator: Lia Locey

April 20, 2020     First Year Cohort Day Long Retreat (8:30 AM-3:00 PM)

Facilitator:  Dr. Damian Zynda

Place:  Church of the Transfiguration

50 West Bloomfield Rd

Pittsford, NY 14534

Transformation Integration of course materials with life experience is central to Ignatian Spirituality.  Integration experiences include:

  • Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment Part II, Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Participation in the Liturgical Life of McQuaid Jesuit
  • Attend the USA East Province “Partners in Mission Retreat” June 9-11 , 2020 in Morristown, NJ.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are the heart of Ignatian Spirituality.  A combination of “exercises” (meditations and active imagination contemplations, discernment, journaling, conversations with a spiritual director, and contemplative reflections unique to St. Ignatius) lead to greater spiritual intimacy and human authenticity – all in service of God.  The Exercises form a uniquely Ignatian identity from which  Jesuits and lay colleagues serve the mission of McQuaid Jesuit.

Outcome At the conclusion of the second year members of the cohort will have comprehensive knowledge of the theology, dynamics and formative principles of the Spiritual Exercises.  Members will have some experience of the Spiritual Exercises, but will not be making the Spiritual Exercises Retreat.
Information Texts from various sources.
Formation The process of formation includes:

Monthly meetings with the Director of Formation

Transformation Integration for transformation continues.  Integration experiences include:

  • Monthly Cohort Meetings
  • Staff one Kairos Retreat during the 2019-2020 Academic year
  • Participation in the Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment II October 11, 2019
  • Participation in the Liturgical life of McQuaid Jesuit

As the Spiritual Exercises form an Ignatian identity, Ignatian discernment is the interior compass that helps one live an Ignatian life.  Above all, St. Ignatius was interested in creating a person of discernment; one who sincerely asks Jesus what he desires and does it.  Given the complexity of our blessed and wounded human nature competing spirits (the Spirit of God and the enemy of human nature) conspire for our affection making it difficult to determine God’s invitation and desires.  Attention to knowledge of God and knowledge of self, reason and affect, prayer and experience help us find God in all things, and serve God with joyful generosity.        

Outcomes At the conclusion of the year members of this cohort will have experiential knowledge of the theology and process of discernment.
Information The text to guide this phase of formation: God’s Voice Within by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ
Formation The process of formation includes:

Monthly meetings with the Director of Formation.

  • Dates: Tuesdays
    • October 29, 2019
    • November 25, 2019* (Monday)
    • December 17, 2019
    • January 28, 2020
    • February 25, 2020
    • March 17, 2020
    • April 21, 2020
    • May 12, 2020
  • Time:    3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Place:   Mission & Ministry Conference Room in the Wegman Center
  • Monthly Cohort Meetings
  • Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment II, October 11, 2019
  • Staff one Kairos Retreat in the 2019-2020 Academic Year
  • Participation in the Liturgical Life of McQuaid Jesuit

Prepared with a firm foundation in Ignatian Studies, the Spiritual Exercises and discernment, the focus of this year’s formation is Ignatian Leadership.  Ignatius formed people to confidently and boldly step into the frontiers of education, the arts and sciences, ecology, politics, economics and religion to influence learning and living with an eye toward developing the whole person, contributing to making the world more humane.  Members of this cohort will continue to be formed for leadership, fortified with the necessary tools that distinguish Ignatian Leadership.

Outcomes At the conclusion of this year members of the cohort will identify, cultivate and appropriate the ethos and principles that distinguish an Ignatian Leader.
Information The text to guide leadership formation:

  • Pedro Arrupe:  Essential Writings, Burke SJ
  • Principles of Ignatian Leadership by Byron & Connor, SJ
Formation Meetings with the Director of Formation

  • Five Cohort Meetings
  • Staff one Kairos Retreat during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Participation in the Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment II, October 11, 2019
  • Participation in the Liturgical life of McQuaid Jesuit

At the conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to“take the long look back.”  Through this exercise a person more clearly identifies experiences and gifts to help discern future steps.  Since this year brings the cohort to the threshold of a deeper commitment to McQuaid Jesuit, formation is in service of the question, “What do you desire?”  And, since discernment happens through dialogue initial formation culminates in a conversation between each member of the cohort and Principal Baber.

Outcomes At the conclusion of the year members will appropriate aspects of Ignatian formation and professional development through a year-long discernment process.
Information The texts to guide professional integration for leadership:

  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • Our Way of Proceeding:  Standards and Benchmarks for Jesuit Schools by the Jesuit Network of Schools
Formation The process of formation includes:

  • Discernment Retreat:
    • Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    • Time:  12:00 – 3:00 PM
    • Place: TBD
  • Formation meetings for book review
    • Dates: Mondays
      • November 18, 2019
      • January 6, 2020
      • March 9, 2020
      • May 4, 2020
    • Time:  3:15 – 4:15 PM
    • Place:  Ignatian Identity Office
  • Four individual meetings (discernment) between the October Retreat and March 2020 with the Director of Ignatian Identity who will facilitate each member of the cohort’s individual  discernment.
  • A final three page paper, guided by the discoveries made in this year of discernment will be submitted to Mr. Baber by March 13. 2020
  • Participation in the Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment II October 11, 2019
  • Participation in the Liturgical life of McQuaid Jesuit