First Year Cohort Formation

First Year Cohort Formation

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, Ignatian Service and Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition.
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:  Campus Ministry Conference Room (Wegman STEM Center)

Time:  3:00-4:15 PM

Format:  The first part of each meeting (3:00-3:45) 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 and Conversation lead by members of the cohort.

Course of Study:

October 16, 2018     Theme:  The Life of Ignatius

Presenters:  Adrienne Suter & Jeff Grifa, 2018 Mahar Scholars, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

Reflection and Conversation:  Ch. 1 & 2; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 402-403


November 6, 2018     Theme:  Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises

Presenter:  Andy Hoelperl, Theology Dept.

Reflection and Conversation on:  Ch. 3 & 4; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 403-404


December 4, 2018    Theme:  Jesuit History and Mission

Presenter:  Dr. Kathy Ruppert, History Dept.

Reflection and Conversation on:  Ch. 5 & 6; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 404-405


January 8, 2019     Theme:   History and Mission of McQuaid Jesuit

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Parks, Dean of Students

Reflection and Conversation:  Ch. 7 & 8; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 405-406


February 26, 2019     Theme:   Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm

Presenter:  Dan Hershel, Director of Curriculum

Reflection and Conversation:

Ch. 9 & 10; Reflection (to guide the reading): pg. 406


March 12, 2019     Theme: Ignatian Service

Presenter:  Patrick Flaherty, Director of Service and Justice

Reflection and Conversation:  Ch. 11-14; Reflection (to guide the reading):  pg. 406-408


April 29, 2019     First Year Cohort Day Long Retreat (8:30 AM-3:00 PM)

Facilitator:  Damian Zynda

Place:  Mercy Spirituality Center

65 Highland Ave.

Rochester, NY 14620


May 7, 2019     Theme:  Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition

Presenter:  Matt Thomas JD, Director of Athletics

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

  • Sponsorship Review Day of Discernment, Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Participation in the Liturgical Life of the school
  • Participation in UNE Province “Partners in Mission Retreat” June 11-13, 2019 in Morristown, NJ.