Do you want to create an intentional and meaningful retirement?

Will you go it alone or would you like to accompany a cohort of Ignatian Legacy Fellows who are engaged in the transition to the third chapter of life?

The Ignatian Legacy Fellows Program is a yearlong program hosted by Loyola University Chicago, Boston College, Santa Clara University, and Georgetown University that includes personal reflection, guided meditation, spiritual readings and discussion, and volunteer service – that all point toward helping participants better understand where they might be called to use their gifts in service to others.

“you are not too old
and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out
its own secret”

— Rainer Maria Rilke


To become an Ignatian Legacy Fellow, one undertakes an initiation process, or wisdom journey. One begins the separation process from career pursuits to the third stage of life. The Ignatian Legacy Fellows process is designed to engage leaders as a learning community to work together to gain insight and wisdom for application in family, community, work, professions, and stewardship opportunities. 

While providing time, tools, and support for the interior journey, our global journey will invite engagement with leaders in the Jesuit missions of higher education, secondary education, healthcare, and social missions.

This process will prepare Ignatian Legacy Fellows to engage in the gift of inquiry—to first seek to understand through observation, questioning, and listening—not to fix problems but to engage practitioners as they meet adaptive challenges in their work. By doing so, they will become wise counselors, board members, trustees, volunteers, and wise elders in their families and communities.

The Society of Jesus invites the Ignatian Society of Fellows to join them as agents of reconciliation to a world in need.


Our participants are C-suite executives, organizational leaders, and nonprofit executives nearing or in retirement, who want to use their accumulated skills and expertise in service to others, regardless of their faith tradition.

Meet the Inaugural Cohort Participants.

Program Fees

The cost for the entire one-year Ignatian Legacy Fellows Program is $50,000, which includes all expenses, including hotel, meals, and course materials. Airfare is extra and will be secured by each individual participant.

The Journey

Moving away from the world of daily responsibilities of management and leadership, Ignatian Legacy Fellows come together six times over the course of a calendar year to explore the meaning of retirement and the opportunities that lie ahead.

The Journey involves a turn inward

It begins with personal reflection and a chance to explore with others on a similar journey how God has acted in one’s life and how God may be calling us toward a new chapter that involves sharing one’s time and talent with those in need. Using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Fellows, with the guidance of experts in spiritual direction, will have the opportunity to deepen their own spiritual lives at this critical juncture in their own journey.

The Journey involves moving with a cohort of fellow leaders

Ignatian Legacy Fellows will be not only engaging with one another, but also will be learning the theological and spiritual roots that underlie the faith-based works of Jesuits in education, health care, and social welfare, as well as the international dimensions of the work of the Society of Jesus.

The Journey involves turning toward the broader community

Together, the Fellows and the local leaders of faith-based programs will share insights, opportunities, and strategies for handling today’s leadership challenges based on their own experience in management, marketing, organizational development, fundraising, and strategic planning. Each of the six sessions is designed to introduce the cohort to the issues and concerns faced by the leadership of these institutions and programs.

At the conclusion of the yearlong program, Ignatian Legacy Fellows will be invited to become members of the Society of Ignatian Fellows, an ongoing forum for the exchange of ideas about the spirituality and mission of the Society of Jesus and its works.

“Think ... of the world you carry within you.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke


Ignatian Legacy Fellows Year 2021 – 2022 

Pending travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic


Cohort 2 is forming.

Applications and conversations about the program accepted now.

Proposed calendar for Second Cohort:

February 14-19, 2022 - Santa Clara University

March 27 - April 3, 2022 - Lima, Peru with optional side trip to Machu Picchu

May 31- June 3, 2022 - Georgetown University

July 18-22, 2022 - Loyola University Chicago

September 26-30, 2022 - Boston College

November 1-10, 2022 - Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome


I. Loyola Chicago

LUREC (Woodstock Retreat Center) Economic and Environmental Justice
John Hardt, M.D. Leadership conversation on Catholic healthcare
Jesuit theme of formation of civic and political leaders
Institute of Pastoral Studies, Water Tower Campus as well as Arrupe College - Business School, Loyola Chicago

II. Santa Clara University Jesuit School of Theology

Education of the marginalized; helping migrants assimilate
Markula Center - Business and Social Ethics in the Silicon Valley
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Hispanic Ministry, Berkeley campus mission and theological reflection with Kevin O'Brien
Lane Center at University of San Francisco

III. Peru, Ruiz de Montoya and Pacifica Universities

Reconciliation (G36 of the Jesuits) Keep the university as a place for reconciliation
Education of the marginalized

IV. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Conversation with the presidents, Leahy, Garanzini, and Burroughs
Connors Center for housing the cohort outside of Boston
School of Theology and Ministry Thursday liturgy and lunch with the students and faculty
Lynch School of Education Lab School; how the school is training teachers in Catholic elementary and secondary education
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Studies
Retirement Center in the School of Business

V. Georgetown University

Asking "Where is Knowing Going?" (John Haughey, SJ)
Interreligious dialogue and diversity and inclusion, School of Foreign Service as well
Formation of civic and political leaders
The Church and the Poor, Ray Kemp
Reflecting on vocation of the leader with faculty, students and Ignatian Legacy Fellows
Robert Bies, McDonough School of Business, and Ron Anton, SJ, Rector, Georgetown Jesuit Community and Special Assistant to the President

VI. Pilgrimage to Spain and Italy

Barcelona - La Sagrada Familia
Asade Business School and three high schools there
Travel to Manresa
Montserrat - staying at the abbey there in the footsteps of St. Ignatius
Fly to Rome - 3-4 days in Rome
The Gregorian
Civilita Catholica
Papal Castel Gondolfo
The Gesu
The Vatican
Dialogue with the General of the Society of Jesus and with Fr. Garanzini's team

Apply and Contact

Applicants are invited to apply now to begin the program in 2022/23.

  1. Ignatian Legacy Fellowship Application
  2. Print and complete the application form.
  3. Submit the application, along with your resume to:
    Mariann McCorkle Salisbury
    Loyola University Chicago
    Lewis Towers 630
    820 N. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611

For questions, please call Mariann McCorkle Salisbury at 301.807.5369 or email

Leadership Group

Michael Garanzini, S.J.
Secretary of Higher Education, Society of Jesus
Mariann McCorkle Salisbury
Joe DeFeo
Executive Director, Ignatian Colleagues Program
Jim Briggs
West Coast Liaison



The Ignatian Legacy Fellows Program is supported in part by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.