This school year, 2021-2022, the global Society of Jesus is celebrating an Ignatian Year, 500 years after St. Ignatius was wounded by a cannonball during the Battle of Pamplona, and 465 years after his death. During his long convalescence, Ignatius converted to a life of holiness. The Ignatian Year will also include the 400th anniversary of the canonization of St. Ignatius on March 12, 2022.
Today, July 31, we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. In the spirit of this Ignatian Year, we pray that, with St. Ignatius' guidance, we may "see all things new in Christ."
Saint Ignatius of Loyola,
Your name means ignite, to inflame.
Set our hearts on fire
To know Jesus more intimately,
Love Jesus more intensely,
To follow more closely.
May the Holy Spirit
who animated your conversion
guide our next steps.
Help us to create all things anew in Christ
Knowing that God's love and grace are enough.
To learn more about St. Ignatius and the Ignatian Year, please follow these links:
Artwork: Panels from The Spiritual Journey of St. Ignatius (2007) by Dora Nikolova Bittau