JOIN US IN CELEBRATING IGNATIAN YEAR
Five hundred years ago, the world of a young Spaniard was forever changed when he was struck by a cannonball while defending his village in battle. Inigo de Loyola, later best known as St. Ignatius of Loyola, experienced not only the shattering of his leg, but the shattering of his hopes and dreams of an esteemed military career. While healing, Ignatius picked up books about the life of Christ and the lives of the saints which set off a conversion in his heart. Through prayer and a focus on discernment, Ignatius set aside his worldly ambitions and listened to God’s will which inspired not just a new path for his life, but for the rest of the world.
Ignatius went on to found the Society of Jesus, an order of the Catholic Church focused on education, ministry and outreach to those who are marginalized in our society. Ignatius inspired others to seek God in all things and to constantly orient ourselves in service of others, which in turn leads to service of God.
Fr. Arturo Sosa, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has declared this anniversary the start of an Ignatian Year. At Nativity Jesuit Academy, we join in celebrating the Ignatian Year with the Society of Jesus and our worldwide Ignatian family. Beginning with the five hundredth anniversary of St. Ignatius’ cannonball injury (May 20, 2021), this year also includes the four hundredth anniversary of the canonization of St. Ignatius (March 12, 2022) and concludes with the feast day of St. Ignatius (July 31, 2022).
The theme of Ignatian Year is to see all things new in Christ. We are invited to examine and reflect on our own “cannonball moments” which have changed the course of our lives and have brought us closer to God. How might we recognize these moments of conversion and embrace the impact these moments can have on our lives? What greater call is waiting for you?
Stay Tuned – Future Local Ignatian Year Events to Come