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In An Ignatian Method of City Dwelling (2011) John M. Staudenmaier, SJ notes thatIgnatius teaches that prayer is geographical at its core.” On his own journey of leadership, Ignatius himself learned much about the lives of others, and of himself, through the particular places he visited (often for much longer than he intended). By focusing on a specific geography, place-based community engagement can foster Ignatian leadership as it encourages faculty, staff and students to journey with a community in their own home. Because this unique way of engaging the community emphasizes depth of engagement over breadth, it is an opportunity to better understand the history, future and current reality of a neighborhood, and to allow that place to transform one’s self. Place based learning encourages us to see a place with new eyes and discover important aspects of what it means to be an Ignatian leader with others.



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