Today, the Society of Jesus and global Ignatian family will begin the worldwide celebration of the Ignatian Year, from May 20, 2021 to July 31, 2022. On this day, 500 years ago, St. Ignatius was wounded by a cannonball while defending Pamplona. For him, it was a major failure and a disruption of what he envisioned for his future, full of riches and worldly exploits. However, this failure started a process of conversion, which led Ignatius to have bigger dreams, no longer centered on himself, but rather on God. The Ignatian Year invites us all to reflect upon this moment in Ignatius’ life and draw inspiration for the disruptions that challenge us today.
Over the course of the next year, we will offer a number of programs and opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and alumni to learn more about and participate in this reflective Ignatian Year, focused on the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus: Showing the way to God, Walking with the excluded, Journeying with youth, and Caring for Our Common Home. We will use the fall return to campus and the Mass of the Holy Spirit as opportune times to invite participation in the Year. Please visit the website below for an initial schedule of events and resources for the Ignatian Year.