Do You Speak Ignatian?

A Glossary of Terms Used in Ignatian and Jesuit Circles




A mini-dictionary that defines many of the terms used in conversations in Ignatian and Jesuit circles. More than 70,000 copies of this publication have been distributed around the world. Purchase "Do You Speak Ignatian?" for $3.00.

For the complimentary Spanish translation of this book click here.


The glossary has provided a useful reference for introducing people to Ignatian jargon. I think simply having the publication lets people know that there IS a jargon, and that they don't have to feel as though they should know it. The material is presented simply and in an organized manner.

Joan Shrout
Coordinator - Ignatian Associates of the Wisconsin Province  


We give Do You Speak Ignatian? to all new tenure-track faculty during orientation. Several years ago, one new faculty member told me that of all the handouts and other materials she received during orientation, this was the one she saved and continued to refer to. This year, we distributed Do You Speak Ignatian? to new student affairs professionals. I plan to continue this in the future.

Robert V. Caro, S.J.
Vice President for Mission & Identity - Loyola Marymount University


The book is VERY helpful for new staff and proves to be a great way to remind existing staff of the concepts behind the terms we use every day.

Jeananne Bargholz
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs - Marquette University

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