Ignatian Year

This year marks 500th year anniversary of St. Ignatius’s conversion and with it an opportunity to renew our commitment to his teachings and enthusiasm for serving others.

May 20, 2021 marks the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius. To recognize this anniversary, From May 2021 until July 2022, the Society of Jesus celebrates an Ignatian Year.

500 years ago, St. Ignatius was struck by a cannonball, which began his transformation, leading him in closer relationship with God and a pilgrim seeking to bring peace, justice, and compassion to all.

But, what does this have to do with serving refugees?

As a mission of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), our work is deeply tied to St. Ignatius’s story and teaching, and by recognizing this year, we are invited to follow his story and teaching into a deeper relationship with God and to see all new things in Christ.

The Ignatian year 2021- 2022, will therefore be for us a privileged occasion to hear the cry of the poor, the excluded, and those whose dignity has not been respected, in all the diverse social and cultural circumstances in which we live and work. It is a listening which moves our hearts and compels us to draw closer to the poor, to walk with them in seeking justice and reconciliation.
Arturo Sosa, S.J. Superior General, Society of Jesus

Always being open to the needs of others

An important part of St. Ignatius’s teachings is to be aware and to be open to the needs of others. At JRS/USA this is particularly important to us and the work we do every day with our forcibly displaced brothers and sisters.

More Ignatian Year resources

You can learn more about ways to get involved with the Ignatian Year with resources from the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada or the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Your Cannonball Moment

We’ve invited Jesuits who are serving with JRS around the world to reflect on their “cannonball” moment, the moment they felt called to follow St. Ignatius and to respond to the needs of forcibly displaced people. Follow along as we share their reflections throughout this year.