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.
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.