Dancing the Spiritual Exercises

For The Greater Glory of God is a dance adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola created by Robert VerEecke, S.J., a Jesuit priest and accomplished choreographer and dancer. The piece first debuted in 1990 in a year commemorating the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus and the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Since then, For the Greater Glory of God has been performed numerous times in theaters and churches in United States. and Canada.

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In the July of 2014, America Films teamed up with Father VerEecke to produce a video of the entire 90-minute performance, and we’re happy to present it to you now for use in parishes and schools as well as for your personal reflection. The intent of the work is to offer a prayerful and aesthetic experience that weaves together music, dance and Scripture in dialogue with the text of the Exercises. Like the Exercises, the piece is structured in four weeks. Father VerEecke plays the role of Ignatius “giving” the Exercises.

The complete performance is available for viewing here. And you can learn more about Father VerEecke’s work and the important role dance has played in Jesuit history—plus view a short America video profile of Father VerEecke—right here.

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