Ignatian Year

Ignatian Year


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

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr—Optional Memorial

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr c. Late Fifth Century–526

St. John I, Pope and Martyr (Feast day - May 18) A native of Tuscany in Italy, John was elected Pope while he was still an archdeacon upon the death of Pope Hormisdas in 523. At that time, the ruler of Italy was Theodoric the Goth who subscribed to the Arian brand of Christianity, but had tolerated and even favored his Catholic subjects during the early part of his reign.


Conversion of St. Ignatius

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.