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Ignatian Year

Ignatius 500th Anniversary of the Conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Ignatian Year celebrated by Jesuit communities across the world begins on May 20, 2021, the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius Loyola’s monumental “cannonball moment.” Ignatius was an eager young soldier in the Spanish army motivated by earthly fame and glory. This all changed when he was struck in the leg by a cannonball in battle. While recovering at home, he began reading texts about Jesus and the lives of the saints, as they were the only reading materials available to him at the time. These texts and this period of discernment in recovery led to his intense spiritual conversion and gave Ignatius a new sense of purpose.

Together with St. Peter Faber and St. Francis Xavier, St. Ignatius Loyola went on to found the Society of Jesus and created the Spiritual Exercises as a tool for all of us to grow in union with God and God’s will. The Ignatian Year presents all of us with the opportunity to embrace our own “cannonball moments” and to be especially attuned to our authentic selves in discernment from profession to purpose.

Ignatian Year events at Fordham University will be taking place all across our community from May 20, 2021, through July 31, 2022, the Feast Day of St. Ignatius Loyola.


Upcoming Events

Passion and Purpose: Finding Your Purpose and How It Changes Everything
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 5:30 PM | 12th Floor Lounge, Leon Lowenstein Center | Lincoln Center Campus
Sponsored by the Office of Career Services

Join Genevieve Piturro. FCRH '83, for a presentation on how to find your elusive purpose and where following your passions can lead you. Registration and additional information can be found on our website.

Past Events

Find Your Purpose: Choosing a Major Based on Your Personality Type
Session One: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 2:30-3:30 PM in Dealy Hall 112
Session Two: Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM in Keating Hall 317

Sponsored by the Fordham College at Rose Hill Dean's Office and the Office of Career Services

2021 Government, Law and Public Service Virtual Networking Event
Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 PM

Sponsored by the Office of Career Services

The 2021 Government, Law and Public Service Virtual Networking Event will bring together employers in the government, law, and public services sectors to meet with Fordham students for meaningful networking, recruiting, and career conversations. All types of roles will be advertised, so please come prepared to discuss your interests, and don't forget to have your resume ready! 

Things Get Broken: A Jesuit Reflects on Leonard Bernstein's MASS at 50
An Ignatian Year Webinar: September 23, 2021 | 6:00 PM

Sponsored by the Center on Religion and Culture

On September 8, 1971, the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS inaugurated the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in memory of her late husband, the work bore the weight of a decade of sorrows: the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert, Martin Luther King, Jr.; racial unrest over civil rights; ongoing losses in the Vietnam War; the recent Kent State shootings, and much else.

In this lecture, Stephen Schloesser, SJ, will explore not only Bernstein’s masterpiece -- and its incorporation of Jewish and Catholic liturgical elements -- but also its resonance for our present moment as we emerge from a lethal pandemic only to face grave threats to our civic order. 

This virtual event inaugurates the Ignatian Year at Fordham, a global observance by the Society of Jesus to commemorate the moment 500 years ago when a cannonball shattered the leg of Ignatius of Loyola. The wound put an end to his youthful dreams of personal glory but started Ignatius on a journey of conversion. 

Loss was not the last word for Loyola -- as it was not for Bernstein, who provides music of both lament and hope after a broken year.