The Ignatian Year

Introduction of the Ignatian Year by Reverend Arturo Sosa, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)

On May 20, 2021, the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian family will start the worldwide celebration of an Ignatian Year, marking and celebrating the 500th anniversary of the crippling cannonball injury St. Ignatius of Loyola incurred at the Battle of Pamplona on May 20, 1521. It was an important failure for him in the way he had imagined his future, full of courtly riches and worldly exploits. However, this apparent failure was, in actuality, the beginning of a profound conversion that led St. Ignatius to dream bigger, no longer centered on himself, but rather on God. It helped St. Ignatius to see all things new in Christ (the motto of the Ignatian Year), which is why the theme of this Ignatian Year is conversion.

The LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality, in partnership with colleagues at Loyola Marymount University and the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, California, looks forward to, as Fr. Sosa said, “working together among the entire Ignatian family to celebrate this year, rediscover our roots and thus renew ourselves and our outlook to the world.” Haga clic aquí para ver eventos y recursos en español.

Upcoming Events

March 12
"The Universal Apostalic Preferences: Walking with the Excluded"
A webinar with Dr. Kim Harris on this UAP of the Society of Jesus

May 13-22
Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain
Join us in this Ignatian Year by walking in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the historic and sacred sites of Spain


"The Story of St. Ignatius in 1 Minute"
A animated short video

"Christ and the Cannonball: Presenting the Ignatian Year"
A webinar introducing the Ignatian Year

"Introducing the Universal Apostolic Preferences"
A webinar introducing the Universal Apostolic Preferences, or UAPs, four areas vital to the work of the worldwide Society of Jesus for the next 10 years

"The Universal Apostolic Preferences: Showing the Way to God"
A webinar with Rev. Barton T. Geger, S.J. on this UAP of the Society of Jesus

"The Universal Apostolic Preferences: Caring for our Common Home"
A webinar with Dr. Cecilia Titizano on this UAP of the Society of Jesus

"The Universal Apostalic Preferences: Journeying with Youth"
A webinar with Diana Hancharenko on this UAP of the Society of Jesus