May 20, 2021 - July 31, 2022
On May 20, 2021, the Society of Jesus celebrated the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius conversion and the beginning of the Ignatian Year.
May 20 is the day that the soldier Ignatius was brought to his knees by a cannonball. The life he lived and dreamed of came to a halt on that fateful day in that significant moment. It was the start of an awakening of his soul to the things of God.
As Ignatius laid in recovery, he began to recognize the stirrings of his soul and began to realize how the spirit of God communicated with him through the lasting feelings of consolation and desolation. The joy he felt when contemplating the life of Christ and the good works of the saints was lasting, it stirred his imagination and the pilgrim was born.
His discernment led to the revelation that God has given all and is in all, and in everything we can come to know God and be with him forever. This revelation called forth a response in Ignatius; to help souls.
The journey was long, but as Ignatius taught his Spiritual Exercises, a group of first companions formed, and out of them, the Society of Jesus. Jesuits and their companions are still helping souls find God in all things.
The spiritual pilgrim was awakened because of the injury that put him on his back, quietly convalescing and able to listen to the spirit of God. As we enter this Ignatian Year, we ask for the grace to be open daily to conversion and new ways of following Christ.
Within the Ignatian Year, on March 12, 2022, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the canonization of both St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier. The year will conclude on the Feast of St. Ignatius on July 31, 2022.
The whole year will be guided by the Universal Apostolic Preferences, which, as you know, were announced in 2019 and continue until 2029. We know that assimilating them means conversion for each one of us, for our communities, our institutions and our apostolic works. We ask for the grace of a real change in our day-to-day life mission.
At this moment, I am especially addressing our companions in the mission: the lay people, religious and those who, from other beliefs or human convictions, participate in the same struggle. We hope, during the Ignatian year, to share more deeply with you the mission of reconciling all things in Christ. Many of you feel a deep commitment to that grace and I thank each of you for your enthusiasm and closeness. We want to take advantage of the Ignatian year to accompany more closely the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in each one of you so that you can feel that call more deeply.”Message of Father General Arturo Sosa, S.J. on the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola 2020
Resources for the Ignatian Year
Throughout the Ignatian Year, Saint Louis University's Office of Mission and Identity will provide opportunities to see all things new in Christ.
- Father General Arturo Sosa’s Letter Announcing the Ignatian Year
- Ignatius 500 Global
- Office of Ignatian Spirituality
- Jesuits.org Ignatius 500
- Cannonball Moment
- Celebrate the Cannonball
- Universal Apostolic Preferences
- St. Ignatius Loyola: The Founder (Word on Fire Ministry – Bishop Robert Barron)
- Ignatius Loyola – Finding God in All Things (Jesuits of Britain)
- Ignatian Spirituality: The Examen
- Ignatian Spirituality: Images of God