All Catholic parishes should celebrate Eucharist well, should offer interesting, challenging, and effective educational programs for persons of all ages, and should reach out to the community in service to the poor and other persons in need.  But a parish sponsored by the Society of Jesus should teach, promote, and practice the distinctive spirituality and prayer associated with St. Ignatius and the Jesuits.  This spirituality should inform how the parish thinks and feels and what it does and how it does it.  St. Thomas More, although new at the practice of this spirituality and way of praying, is committed to making it part of its foundation.  Read a brief description of the essentials of the spirituality of St. Ignatius and the Jesuits.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

brief biography of St. Ignatius Loyola, who, with several companions, founded the Society of Jesus.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius reflect his personal experience of his conversion, and they are the foundation of Ignatian spirituality.  Read a brief description of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and how they work.

Daily Ignatian Prayer

The prayer form that is most central to the life of one practicing Ignatian prayer is the daily Examen prayer.  St. Ignatius used to tell his Jesuit brothers that if they were able to do only one, brief prayer in the course of a busy day, they should do the Examen prayer.

The Examen

Other on-line daily prayer resources can be found at: Sacred Space,  Jesuit Prayer, Loyola Press and Ignatian Spirituality.