What is "Ignatian Spirituality"?

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) was gravely wounded in a battle against the French in 1521. While recovering, Ignatius daydreamed about the lives of the saints and the life he led before his injury. When reflecting on the saints and the inclusion of God in their lives, he felt energy and peace. When reflecting on his life of attention-seeking, he felt hollow and unsatisfied.

From this insight arose the basis of Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises, the preeminent book on Ignatian Spirituality that has transformed the lives of many people over the centuries.

Marquette University, as a Jesuit institution, is enriched by the tradition of Ignatian Spirituality. There are four characteristics of Ignatian spirituality which have their origin in the Spiritual Exercises:

  1. A vision of God who is alive and active in the world and one's life.
  2. A realization that all men and women are created in the image of God and are destined for eternal life.
  3. An essential for living a life of living faith is to be reflective about one's experiences.
  4. Christ invites women and men to follow him by reaching out to those on the margins of society.


Jesuit celebrating eucharist

Marquette's Mission

Dedicated to serving God by serving our students, faculty, and staff, Marquette University contributes to the advancement of knowledge by searching for truth, discovering and sharing knowledge, fostering personal and professional excellence, promoting a life of faith, and developing service leadership in others.

At Marquette, we believe the pursuit of excellence is a lifelong endeavor and education needs to encompass the whole person, through formation of the mind and heart. We are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. All members of the Marquette community, from every faith tradition, give concrete expression to these beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.

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