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?
Universal Apostolic Preferences (Focus for a Decade – 2019-2029)
The Society of Jesus has four identified priorities, known as Universal Apostolic Preferences, to guide our work as a Ignatian community over the next decade:
It was our intention to celebrate this important anniversary with a happy hour and panel discussion at Nativity Jesuit Academy on Thursday, February 17th. Due to the ongoing rise of COVID cases, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming Ignatian Year Celebration in order to keep our shared Nativity community safe.
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to hosting a future celebration of the work of Nativity and all that your partnership has made possible for students on the southside of Milwaukee.
Prayer for Generosity
“Lord, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to look for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your holy will.”
-St. Ignatius of Loyola