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Saint Ignatius Story Box

September 2021

A distinctive box of resources to explore the life of Saint Ignatius and to experience some of his prayer methods. Together with Audatious Ignatius book, the box serves as basis for Godly Play presentation of Ignatius Loyola.

Ignatian Year Reflection Day

October 16th 2021

This is a one-day reflection online followed by a couple of prayer evenings online on November 16th & 30th . It is designed to look at our personal story and be changed through prayer and looking at the story of Ignatius in the key moments of his conversion.

Autobiography of Ignatius Loyola

September 28th – October 26th 2021

This is a five-week course that focuses on the story of Ignatius of Loyola as told by him. In this course, we will explore the personality of St. Ignatius that is revealed in his own narrative The Autobiography. The course aims to show how Ignatius’ story resonates with our experience of life.

Ignatius The Quest for More

October 2021

English translation of the cartoon book produced by the German Province, Ignatius auf der Suche nach Mehr, translated by John Moffatt SJ.

Inter-province British Irish Reflection Group

September 2021 – November 2021

A joint province reflection group brings together Jesuits from both Ireland and Britain online. They approach the book of Constitutions through the latest book written by Brian O’Leary SJ Unlocking A Treasure in order to deepen our individual and corporate understanding of the Constitutions.

SWITCH Art Competition at Jesuit Schools

September 2021 – December 2021

Based on provided resources for both primary and secondary Jesuit pupils, they revisit Ignatius’ story. This is an invitation for students to enter the competition to express artistically the need for the world to change today or come up with new Ignatius portrait that depicts his personal transformation.

Spiritual Renewal Group Book Club

October 2021 – July 2022

Local communities are encouraged to start their own Book Club during the Ignatian Year using the book written by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ Walking With Ignatius. The plan is to meet once per month, reflecting and discussing questions at the end of each chapter.

Celebrating St Ignatius

As a young man, Iñigo, as he was then known, was vainglorious. He took up dancing, fencing, gambling, duelling, and pursuing women. He was driven by a desire for fame.

At the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, Iñigo’s dream came to a shattering end when he was horrifically injured by a cannonball. He barely survived, enduring months of torturous surgeries without any form of anaesthetic. While convalescing, he had a spiritual awakening which would change him forever, and indeed the world.

The story of Iñigo’s conversion and journey to sainthood serves as an example for all time. It begins in a moment of terrible crisis, but ultimately leads to a lifetime of profound self-knowledge.

We will be celebrating this journey through events, activities, exhibitions, blogs, and a sense of unity in Christ (all the details will be here on this page). We hope you will join us and find something in yourself along the way.

Why are we celebrating the Ignatian Year?

Put simply, we would like to invite you all to have a conversion experience. This does not necessarily have to be religious experience, although we believe knowing Christ is a path worth taking, especially in these difficult times.

The world has been shaken by Covid and other traumas. St Ignatius lived in equally challenging times – a time of war, upheaval, plague, and poverty. After a period of reflection and spiritual renewal, he went forth and changed things. He famously said: “He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself.” Perhaps his example can ignite something in you?

Pope Francis had this to say about the conversion experience:
“Let yourself be pulled along, shaken up, challenged. Maybe it’ll be through a group of people you’ve heard about on the news, or that you know about in your neighbourhood, whose story has moved you. When you feel the twitch, stop and pray. Read the Gospel. Or just create space inside yourself to listen. Open yourself ... decentre ... transcend. And then act. Call up, go visit, offer your service. Say you don’t have a clue what they do, but maybe you can help. Say you’d like to be part of a different world, and you thought this might be a good place to start.”

Check this page regularly to keep up to date about events and activities.