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“When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer, is the catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection.”

- Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Superior General, Society of Jesus 1983-2008

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

- Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist, and educator from Queensland, Australia

New for the 2020 academic year, the Ignatian Fellowship will offer SCU undergraduates the opportunity to deepen their commitment to social justice through an entirely virtual community-based learning experience. Inspired by the Jean Donovan Fellowship and echoing the words of Fr. Kolvenbach, Ignatian Fellows will participate in a fall quarter formation experience followed by weekly virtual work (~5 hrs/week) with a non-profit organization. Concurrent with their service work Fellows will participate in a twice-monthly reflective discussion group and 1-1 meetings with program director, as needed. Central to the Ignatian Fellowship are the learning objectives for Fellows outlined below and hope that Fellows will be able to offer some meaningful support to community-based organizations over this academic year. 

Ignatian Fellowship Learning Objectives

  1. Cultivate a greater understanding of the assets and challenges facing the community in which the Fellow works.
  2. Grow in commitment to specific key virtues of solidarity, compassion, and humility. 
  3. Develop a broader and deepening understanding of personal vocation.
  4. Develop a deepened spiritual life.

Ignatian Fellows are able to work with an organization of their choosing whose mission aligns with their social justice interests. The Fellowship Director will also be able to advise and support students in this process. Core components and key dates for the Fellowship are as follows. 

  • Applications available September 21st and due October 15th.
  • Fall quarter formation Thursdays 5:30-6:45 PM on 11/12, 11/19 and 12/3
  • Winter quarter virtual service 5 hrs./8 weeks, starting the week of Jan 4th. 
  • Winter quarter reflection and formation group twice monthly on Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM on 1/7; 1/21; 2/4; 2/18 and 3/4.
  • Fellows will reflect upon and share their experiences through blog posts, creative writing, digital storytelling, and reflective listening. 
  • Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend by April 30th. ($500 paid by Feb. 15th; $500 paid by April 30th)

Contact vsarma@scu.edu or immersions@scu.edu with any questions you may have.