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Ignatian Year

May 20, 1521: Ignatius is wounded by a cannonball at the battle of Pamplona.
1521-1522: During his long convalescence at Loyola, Ignatius undergoes a spiritual conversion.
March 25, 1522: Ignatius begins 11 months of living in a cave outside the town of Manresa. It was here he started work on what would become the Spiritual Exercises.
May 30, 1534: Ignatius and six others -- including Francis Xaiver and Peter Faber -- pronounce vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
September 27, 1540: Pope Paul III approves the Society of Jesus, making it an official religious order in the Catholic Church.
July 31, 1556: St. Ignatius dies in Rome, after serving as the first Superior General of the Society. There are already more than 1,000 Jesuits.

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