The Jesuits (members of the Society of Jesus) are marking 500 years because the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
The non secular household of Pope Francis, the Society of Jesus based by St. Ignatius of Loyola, are main the Church in celebrating 500 years because the conversion of the founder.
The 12 months opened with a solemn Mass in Pamplona, Spain, on Could 20, which commemorates the five hundredth anniversary of St. Ignatius’s harm throughout the Battle of Pamplona on Could 20, 1521. Whereas defending the citadel of Pamplona in opposition to French forces, St. Ignatius was severely injured after being struck by a canon ball. This led to a protracted interval of convalescence which started his conversion and subsequent transformation from soldier to saint.
Throughout this 12 months themed “to see all issues new in Christ,” the Jesuits may even mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the canonization of St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier on 12 March 2022. The Ignatian 12 months will conclude on 31 July 2022 – the Feast of St. Ignatius.
We will take into account why a particular celebratory 12 months marks St. Ignatius’ conversion, and never, say, his start or demise or canonization.
St. Ignatius, pray for us, that our hearts could be transformed to Christ!