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Theo 281 Christianity through the Ages: The World of Ignatius Loyola

Spring 2014

Theo 281/Christianity through the Ages:  The World of Ignatius Loyola

Professor Mark Bosco, S.J.



Summer 2014-Interssion


Department of Theology

Loyola University Chicago/John Felice Rome Center



This course is a theology course whose primary goal is to investigate the major interactions between Christian thought and practice and the cultures that is has been a part of in its two thousand year history.  As an intensive immersion course, it introduces students into an in-depth study of the history, spirituality, and theological vision of the founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556).  Designed as an academic “pilgrimage,” it provides students an opportunity to study the legacy of Ignatius by following in his footsteps along the route of his early life in Spain—Bilbao, Azpeitia (Loyola Castle), Aranzazu, Xabier, Pamplona, Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona.   We will begin by looking at the personal experience of Ignatius, the pilgrim, as an experience that sheds light on the religious issues during the ruptures of reformation and post-reformation European life and culture.  At the same time, we will look at Loyola’s autobiography, his journal, and the Spiritual Exercises, in order to ask the question:  what about his life and his theological vision sheds light on how people come to grow in the spiritual life?  Lectures will be on site at the various locations and we will travel together as pilgrims via public transportation (bus and train) to our various destinations.  Finally, students will have the opportunity to do a 6-hour walk/pilgrimage from Montserrat to Manresa, near Barcelona.


Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Skills

This course will develop competency in the area of Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge.  By successfully passing this course, students will be able to:


Required Texts: 


Evaluation categories:


Book Review/Response: 

Students will read The Age of Pilgrimage prior to arrival in Spain, and write a formal response to the book by answering questions provided to you.  Your answers should be in essay form, with quotations cited numerically in the text.  Students must email the report one week prior to the beginning of the course at mbosco@luc.edu



Students will be assigned to present on-site at a significant point of interest or a work of art along the pilgrimage route of the course.  The student will cite four (4) things of note about the point of interest/art object and pose two (2) questions about it to the class at the conclusion of the oral presentation.  Research on the assigned piece will be completed and the copy printed (2 copies) before the trip to Spain.  One copy is for the instructor, one for the student.  These can be rendered in outline form.


Daily Journal:

Students will keep a journal that will be a rendered digest of their daily taken notes on the lectures, presentations, discussions of the day.  The journal may be enhanced by further comments and reflections pertaining to one’s own personal (spiritual) appropriation of the day’s site, lecture, or activity.  Each journal entry is daily and should amount to no less than one written page (or no less than a half typed page if you are doing this via word processor).  Your journal will either be given to the instructor on the final day or sent via email as an attachment on the final day.


Mid-term and Final:

There will be a midterm on June 25th and a final on June 29th.  The subject matter will be based upon lectures and readings of the course.  The format of these exams is short answers and essay questions.  Each will last one hour.  Due to the brevity of this course, there are no make-ups.




Rough draft of Itinerary, subject to change


Day One (June 20): 

C/ Bidebarrieta, 2, 48105 Bilbao

Tel:  +34 944 156 411


Day Two (June 21)

Santuario de Loyola

Tel: +34 943 025 026


Day Three (June 22)

20560 Onati Gipuzkoa

+34 943 781 314


Day Four (June 23)


Day Five (June 24)

31411 Javier, Navarra

+34 948 884 006


Day Six (June 25)


Day Seven (June 26)


Day Eight (June 27)


Day Nine (June 28)


Day Ten (June 29):


Day Eleven (June 30):  Departure





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