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.
Check back here for events and updates to come!