Chicago Community

In 2015, Ignatian Associates started a new community in Chicago! After a 2-year formation program, 6 members made their First Promises with Ignatian Associates. That founding group is now ready to grow the Chicago Community. If you live in the Chicago area, we invite you to consider being a member of the Ignatian Associates of Chicago. We are now accepting applications to join our community by beginning a 2-year formation program in the fall of 2018, which includes making the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

The Ignatian Associates are lay men and women dedicated to integrating Ignatian Spirituality throughout their lives and supporting each other in living out the graces of this Spirituality. Enhancing life, practicing the work of social justice, and engaging in faith sharing are all vital aspects of an IA community. The Chicago community will meet approximately twice a month and is not intended to replace a regular parish. Ignatian Associates offers “the magis” (the more) of an intentional community.

All new members will begin by completing the Spiritual Exercises Retreat in Daily Life with a spiritual director. This experience grounds the community in a common Ignatian language and worldview and serves to bond members who come from all walks of life. At the end of formation, new community members are invited to take the Promises made by all Ignatian Associates to live a life of Simplicity, Apostolic Availability, and Fidelity to the Gospels and our Associate and Jesuit Companions. These promises are not lifetime vows, and are subject to renewal every one or three years.

Information Sessions for 2018 Formation Group

We will be holding information sessions in April 2018 on joining the Ignatian Associates Chicago community. Currently, information sessions are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, April 22, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church
Room 10
8300 N. Greenwood Ave
Niles, IL 60714

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Alumni House at St. Ignatius College Prep High School
1019 S. May St
Chicago IL 60607
Located just northwest of Saint Ignatius College Prep

Sunday, April 29, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Loyola University Chicago
Dumbach Hall room 238
Lakeshore Campus, Rogers Park
Parking is free in the garage located on campus


For more information, please contact Melissa Otter at

Links for use by prospective new members of the Chicago IA Community:

Application Process

Online Application Form

Information for Recommenders