Ignatian Year

Ignatian Year

Introduction

Celebrating the Ignatian Year

The 400th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Ignatius will be celebrated on 12 March 2022.

Let us remember that Saint Francis Xavier was canonized on the same day.

The 71st Congregation of Procurators (which brings together delegates from each of the administrative units of the Society, Provinces, and Regions) will take place in Loyola from 16th to 22nd May 2022; it will be preceded, in 2021, by Provincial Congregations all over the world.

Today in History

Francis Xavier, priest, Feast. The Patron of the Missions

DEC 3: Francis Xavier had planned to devote himself to the intellectual life, but at a strategic moment, he surrendered to God, who had long and patiently pursued him. That surrender changed the course of his life—and the course of history as well. Even Ignatius of Loyola, the leader of the new Jesuit community, had planned to deploy Francis as a scholar. But India beckoned, and Ignatius reluctantly sent Francis to preach the gospel there. Thus, the man who had planned on a leisurely intellectual life became a missionary apostle, perhaps second only to St. Paul.

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Conversion of St. Ignatius
(1522-1523)

During the long weeks of his recuperation, he was extremely bored and asked for some romance novels to pass the time. Luckily there were none in the castle of Loyola, but there was a copy of the life of Christ and a book on the saints. Desperate, Ignatius began to read them.