An Online Spiritual Formation Event



Fri., June 3, 2022, 7:00-9:00 p.m. ONLINE ONLY after May 23rd

Sat., June 4, 2022, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ONLINE ONLY after May 23rd


Friday Evening

Fr. Rob McChesney offers a biographical portrait of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and creator of the Spiritual Exercises, detailing Ignatius’ proclivity to violence, subsequent combat experience, and his experience of moral and spiritual injuries. Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers links the Spiritual Exercises—Ignatius’ mystical pathway to meaning, healing, and divine encounter—to current psychosocial understandings of trauma and discusses her "trauma scaffold", offering a rich metaphor for understanding the complexity of trauma.


Making use of actual case studies, Fr. McChesney offers an overview of the Spiritual Exercises as a soul-healing modality which persons of faith and "seekers", with competent guidance, can utilize in the face of trauma, moral, or spiritual injury. Dr. Levers reviews findings of recent neurobiological research into the experience of trauma and draws from Polyvagal Theory to explain the potentially adverse lasting effects of trauma on whole-person well-being. Together with the panel members, they will further explore the experience of trauma in individuals, groups, and communities through a spiritual lens. The program will include time for questions and discussion to explore participants’ ideas and experiences and tease out implications for a healing-centered approach to programming as well as possibilities for inter-professional collaboration.

This program is co-sponsored by Pneuma Institute and the Office of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, registered nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, clergy, chaplains, pastoral counselors, and spiritual directors


E-mail or call 412-924-1345.

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