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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.

SRGbookclub@jesuit.org.uk

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.

lsuliksj@jesuit.org.uk

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.

lsuliksj@jesuit.org.uk

Inigo - a Reading

Saturday 20th November - 7pm

We are delighted to host a reading of the INIGO play, written by Jonathan Moore (award winning actor, writer and director, including with the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Co, and Shakespeare's Globe). The reading will be by a professional cast.

Ignatian Prayer

Tuesday 16th November - 7pm (repeated on March 1st 2022)

This guided meditation takes its inspiration from Ignatius’ recovery story. We shall be praying for all those who have helped us on our path and played a role in our healing. This will be repeated on March 1st 2022.

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.

mneal@jesuit.org.uk

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. Course repeated on January 22nd 2022

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.

mneal@jesuit.org.uk

Autobiography of Ignatius Loyola

Tuesday 21st September - Tuesday 26th October (repeated in May 2022)

This five-week course focuses on the story of Ignatius of Loyola, as told by him in his Autobiography. The course aims to show how Ignatius’ story resonates with our experience of life. New dates for 2022: May 3rd / 10th / 17th / 24th / 31st

'Cannonball Conversions'- talks to mark the Ignatian Year

May / July 2021

The Edinburgh Jesuit Centre is delighted to announce a series of three talks to mark the 500th anniversary of the ‘Cannonball Moment during the Battle of Pamplona in 1521’ resulting in the conversion of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Eco-retreat

October - December 2021 (repeated in spring 2022)

The Eco-retreat will guide us through the call to discern Ecological conversion using weekly themes on a prayer sheet with weekly online group sharing meetings of Jesuits and Partners in Mission between mid-October and mid-December 2021, with a second opportunity for others to make the retreat in the spring 2022.

ecoretreat@jesuit.org.uk

A new play to mark the Ignatian Year

July 2021

The Ignatian Year continues with a play, 'Ignatius: The Knight Who Fell To His Knees', written and performed by Jesuits and available to watch on our YouTube Channel.

Novenas to mark the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola

July 2021

Jesuit parishes across the UK will be sharing their contribution to the Novena every day in the run-up to the Feast Day of St Ignatius on 31st July.

A short film about St Ignatius of Loyola

November 2021

British Jesuit, Christopher Brolly SJ, introduces this short film about how St Ignatius overcame his past sins and reconciled himself to God.

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.

To understand the significance of The Ignatian Year from a Jesuit perspective, please read this article by David Birchall SJ,:
Five hundred Years of Conversion: 1521-2021, published in The Pastoral Review, Vol 17, Issue 4 (October/November/December 2021), pg. 56-59.