On May 20, 2021, the Society of Jesus marked the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion — the day that Ignatius the soldier was struck by a cannonball during the Battle of Pamplona.
For the Ignatian Year which will conclude on July 31, 2022, we ask for the grace to see all things new in Christ and to embrace our God who asks us to act in ways that reconcile our world and bring justice, peace and compassion.
The PASE Office invites our Pre-secondary and Secondary schools to celebrate the Ignatian Year together through the following Ignatian Year initiatives:
June 2021 – Service, Immersion, and Solidarity for Educators
Province educators will spend a week in Belize working with Hand in Hand Ministries and meeting with members of the local Jesuit community and the leaders of St. John’s College, the Jesuit school in Belize.
August 2021 – An Ignatian Year Summer Retreat
A three-day retreat facilitated by Fr. Michael Tunney, S.J., focused on the Spiritual Exercises. The retreat will provide opportunities for silence, personal prayer, small group sessions, and communal prayer.
Fall Semester – Ignatian Year Virtual Book Club
For faculty, administrators, and staff. The club will read Pedro Arrupe, His Life and Legacy, by George Bishop and Lucien Longtin. The book, a revised and abridged version of George Bishop’s biography of Arrupe, is “intended to make that biography accessible and interesting for high school students.” It describes, in moving and very human ways (often using Arrupe’s own words) his experiences in Japan during the war – incarceration and solitary confinement, the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath – as well as his travels as Fr. General and his tireless efforts to encourage members of the Society to pursue the work of justice in their own contexts.
Book club members will reflect on the book with colleagues from multiple schools.
Ignatian Year Prayer Project
In 2003, In All Things – Everyday Prayers of Jesuit High School Students was published. Composed by students in Jesuit high schools, the prayers reflect the concerns, hopes, dreams, and lived experiences of young people seeking to find God in all things.
In this Ignatian year, we hope to highlight and share the prayers of young people, along with the adults who are accompanying them toward a hope-filled future once again. Instead of publishing a book, however, we will be sharing the prayers digitally.
For more information about these initiatives, please contact Susan Baber, Associate PASE, at email@example.com.