The Ignatian Year 2021-2022

From Profession to Purpose:
500th anniversary of the conversion of Ignatius of Loyola

May 20, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Five hundred years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola experienced an event that would change the course of his life... and the world. As a young soldier in the Spanish army, Ignatius dreamed of fame and glory. But everything changed when he was suddenly and gravely injured by a cannonball while in battle at Pamplona. While in recovery, Ignatius experienced a spiritual conversion and immediately decided to make a change: he found a new sense of purpose and set out to establish the Society of Jesus.

If not for Ignatius' "cannonball" moment, we wouldn't have hundreds of Jesuit colleges, universities, parishes or organizations that all serve to make the world a greater place. This year, all Jesuit works across the world will begin celebrating the Ignatian Year on May 20, 2021: the 500th anniversary of Ignatius' "cannonball" moment. Celebrations will conclude on the Feast Day of St. Ignatius: July 31, 2022.

Learn More about the Ignatian year, and check out the global Ignatian Year initiatives and events.

Watch the Ignatian Year Opening Mass

Watch the video message of Fr. General Arturo Sosa

The opportunity of the Ignatian Year 2021-2022

The United States provinces, Jesuits East, Jesuits West, Jesuits Midwest, Jesuits Central and Southern, provide regional resources.

The International Association of Jesuit Universities features Ignatian Year initiatives from across the globe:

All of Ignatian’s resources can be helpful during this special year: is a rich resource for the Ignatian Year:  

Educate Magis will continue to update Ignatian Year events throughout the year: has a list of resources, events, and reflections: