The Ignatian Year

From May 2021 until July 2022, the Society of Jesus celebrates an Ignatian Year.  What is an Ignatian Year? May 20, 2021 marks the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion — that fateful day when Ignatius the soldier, struck by a cannonball, began his transformation into Ignatius the pilgrim. How might we grow in our relationship with God and our love for one another by meditating on this important moment in Ignatius’ life?

God continues to invite each of us into a deepening relationship, to ongoing conversion. We believe that by embracing this invitation, we embrace our God who calls us to act in new, bold ways that reconcile our world, bringing about justice, peace and compassion. For this Ignatian Year, we ask for the grace to see all things new in Christ. 

How might we commit to ongoing conversion? How might we learn to recognize and embrace those “cannonball moments” in our own lives?

For Ignatius, a life of poverty was an expression of intimacy with Jesus, the Lord. More than words, his poverty was a sign of his interior transformation, of his growing vulnerability before the Lord, of his radical indifference to preparing himself to follow God’s will, of his sense that everything came down from above as a gift.

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus

How might the cannonballs in your life be shattering obstacles that stand between you and God? How might these cannonballs be showing you the way of Christ, that of downward mobility, that way that embraces poverty, humility and rejection?

Begin the Ignatian Year in Prayer

Two online opportunities to join the Ignatian family.

Fr. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ, provincial of the USA East Jesuit Province, and others will reflect on the vision of the Ignatian Year. 

Join the global Society of Jesus as together we begin the Ignatian Year. Broadcasts will be available in English, Spanish and French. 

Resources for the Ignatian Year

Spiritual Lessons from Ignatius' Conversion

Take time during the Ignatian Year to reflect on St. Ignatius’ conversion — his cannonball moment — and discover spiritual insights for your own life.

It took a cannonball to the legs to shatter Ignatius’ false images of himself. What does it take for us? Reflect.

Throughout the Ignatian Year, we’ll be sharing more reflections.

Ignatian Storytelling Initiative

To celebrate the Ignatian Year, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States is launching a global Ignatian storytelling initiative entitled In the Pilgrim’s Company, a project that will take a fresh, innovative look at St. Ignatius’ autobiography. And we’re inviting storytellers the world over to contribute their ideas.

This Ignatian Year is an opportunity to learn, share and grow in our life with Christ.

Throughout the year, we will be sharing new resources, highlighting exciting initiatives and lifting up voices from across the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States — and, in fact, the world. 

In the meantime, sign up for our weekly reflection emails and begin integrating Ignatian spirituality into your everyday life. 

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