Ignatius' Experience at Manresa: A Psychiatric Perspective
One can fully understand a religious order only if one understands its founder. The influence of St. Ignatius of Loyola remains palpable in the Society of Jesus up to the present day. One important influence that has received scant attention is Ignatius' experience of anorexia, scrupulosity, depression, and suicidal thinking, all of which are interrelated. All can be explained through a few basic principles of human physiology and neurochemistry. The impact of these experiences has been far-reaching.
This talk will discuss the physiological and neurochemical bases for this episode, its rapid reversal, and will conclude with thoughts on the impact these events at Manresa had on Ignatius as seen in the Exercises, the Constitutions, and his letters.
Fr. Jack Siberski S.J., MD
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.
Wednesday, October 16 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Gasson Hall, 100
Gasson Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467