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.


"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

Opening of the Ignatian Year
Ignatian Year Inaugural Mass in the Cathedral of Pamplona, Spain


July 31
Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola
Annual holiday that honors the memory of St. Ignatius, who passed away on this day in the year 1556


June 30
Art of Spiritual Direction
A three-year formation and certificate program rooted in the Ignatian tradition for those who discern in themselves a call to the ministry of spiritual direction


May 13-22, 2022
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.



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