The Ignatian Year: 500 Years in the Making
Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa has declared an “Ignatian Year” beginning May 20, 2021, exactly 500 years after the soldier Ignatius of Loyola was wounded by a cannonball during the Battle of Pamplona. It was during his long recovery that Ignatius found a new vocation, turning his life over to God and beginning a spiritual pilgrimage that continues to reverberate today. Therefore, the underlying message of the Ignatian Year is conversion. The theme is “to see all things new in Christ.”
In the Conversion Chapel in Loyola, where Ignatius convalesced from his broken leg, the words “Aquí Se Entregó a Dios” are painted on the beam above his bed. The inscription is a reminder to the visitor that here, in this place, Ignatius “gave himself” to God.
During this Ignatian Year, we Jesuits invite you to spend time contemplating your place of conversion.
Please join the worldwide Society of Jesus in commemorating the cannonball moment that changed not only Ignatius’ life, but the lives of millions.