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It is good to remind ourselves that the wound Ignatius suffered in Pamplona was not so much a happy ending, but rather a happy beginning. Conversion consists sometimes of great moments of change, but it is also a never-ending process. We need to put Christ in the centre every time, again and again. This process is a pilgrimage along winding roads, up and down, sometimes having to retrace our steps, sometimes feeling lost. But meeting people along the road who indicate the way and reach out their hands to us.

-Fr. General Arturo Sosa


All through his life St. Ignatius converted, [...] put Christ in the centre. And he did so through discernment. Discernment is not about always getting it right from the start, but it’s rather about navigating, about having a compass to be able to set out on the road which has many twists and turns, but always letting oneself be guided by the Holy Spirit who leads us to an encounter with the Lord.

-Pope Francis

May 20, 2021 at Noon Eastern

Official opening of the Ignatian Year in Pamplona (Spain), exactly 500 years after the cannonball hit Ignatius. A Eucharist will be celebrated at the cathedral by Archbishop Francisco Pérez González and Fr. General Arturo Sosa at 18h (CEST) and livestreamed on


Sunday May 23, 2021 at 8 PM Eastern Pilgrims with Ignatius

Online prayer - 23 May 2021  



Solemn Mass at the Gesù in Rome on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the canonisation of St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, St. Teresa of Jesús, St. Isidore Labrador, and St. Philip Neri.   

Time and viewing link: TBD

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 202

Official closure of the Ignatian Year on the Feast Day of St. Ignatius.

Prayer for the Opening of the Ignatian Year from

God of all people,  You were there when the cannonball shattered the leg of St. Ignatius, shattered his dreams, and shattered what he assumed his life would be. Even in a moment of pain and uncertainty, doubt and darkness, you spoke to Ignatius a word of peace and light. You showed him the path to you and the person he might become.

We may not be soldiers, standing in the path of a literal cannonball. And yet, we’ve been hit all the same. Cannonballs shatter our own hopes and dreams and expectations.

Like Ignatius, may we hear the compassionate voice of your Son in the aftermath of these cannonball blasts. May we seek the face of Christ even when our dreams are shattered. May we turn and follow Jesus with the courage it takes to change and grow.

As we journey through this Ignatian Year, may we be shown the path to you, God of all people, and live out our vocation, becoming the person you have invited us to be. Give us the grace to work for reconciliation every day: with you, with others and with your creation. Open our eyes so we might see all things new in Christ.  Amen.

Ignatian Pilgrimage App

Journey with Ignatius is an app that offers a virtual Ignatian pilgrimage, full of wisdom from St. Ignatius, with thoughtfully selected daily offerings to help participants make their own spiritual pilgrimage.  This newly released app provides a twelve-week program of meditations, scripture readings, and reflections, designed to help participants to grow in faith through the words of St. Ignatius himself. It is a great avenue for connecting more deeply to St. Ignatius during this Ignatian Year. The app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play: Journey Ignatius