Ignatian Leadership Programme

Unlike any other leadership programmes, the Ignatian Leadership Programme (ILP) held at the Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar, Orissa, from  September 26 to  30, focused on the formation of leadership-competence, rooted in Ignatian values and following the method of Spiritual Conversation. The main characteristic  of the programme was the prayer and reflection method  which helps the participants   become discerning leaders who would make a difference in the lives of people, especially the marginalized. The participants of this ILP were trainers from the Jesuit Provinces of the Central and North Zones with four participants from each Province, that is, two Jesuits and  two collaborators, one of whom was a lay woman or a nun, representing different ministries in a Province. Fr Hilary D’Souza SJ, Fr Ravindra  Darshima SJ, Sr Leena Ekka FC and Mr Shyamal Palmer represented Dumka-Raiganj Province. We reached the destination late as our train to Bhubaneswar changed its route due to a cyclone in Orissa. We had to get off the train at Tatanagar Junction (Jamshedpur) and finally reached Bhubaneswar on 27th morning by a bus. Due to our late arrival we had missed the inaugural address of Fr Stany D’Souza SJ, the President, JCSA on 26th evening. We, however, were fresh enough to attend all the Sessions of the four Leadership Modules that began on 27th September. The ILP at Bhubaneswar centred round four Modules on leadership:

Module 1: “CALLED TO LEADERSHIP” (Journey to Self) by Fr Nelson D’Sylva SJ,

Module 2: “CALLED TO LEADERSHIP FOR & WITH OTHERS” by Fr Joye James SJ,

Module 3: “CALLED TO LIFE IN ORGANIZATIONS” by Fr Joe Arun SJ,

Module 4: “CALLED TO LIFE ON THE PERIPHERIES” by Fr Siji Chacko SJ.

Each Session was followed by Spiritual Conversation in Groups and Discernment in Common.

On the last evening (30th September) we made a short trip to the XIM University, the first Jesuit University in India and had our dinner together with the Jesuits of the University Campus. Attending the ILP Programme and visiting the huge and beautiful University Campus was, indeed, a great experience!.