St Ignatius Loyola

St Ignatius’ Day is the 31 July, and historically Jesuit Communities have marked the day with Masses, processions and feasts.  In the archives we have records of these events from the 19th and 20th centuries, showing how Jesuits celebrated St Ignatius’ Day, and how these celebrations changed over the course of the years.The Mount Street Jesuit Community recorded its daily services, meals, and comings and goings of individual Jesuits, as well as larger feasts and other events, in The...
Fr Damian Howard SJ
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, the General Superior of the Society of Jesus has appointed Fr DAMIAN HOWARD SJ as the next Provincial Superior of the Jesuit British Province. Fr Howard will take up this post on 1st September this year. He replaces Fr Dermot Preston SJ, who has been Provincial Superior since 2011.Fr Howard was born in Redhill, Surrey, in 1967, and was educated at Trinity School in Croydon. He went on to read music and divinity at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then joined the Jesuit...
Andreas Muñoz as Iñigo (Ignatius of Loyola) in the film
A stunning retelling of the story of the founder of the Society of Jesus, St Ignatius Loyola, is coming to a venue known as ‘the birthplace of cinema in the UK’ this spring. Describing him as a soldier, a sinner and a saint, Ignacio de Loyola looks at the man behind the legend, from being an impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom forever – the Jesuits. It will be shown at...
Ignacio movie
Glasgow screening of Ignacio This film is a thrilling look at the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Bringing to life the man behind the legend, the film follows his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom forever.The film (which is in English) was produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation of the Philippines Province....
Fr General Sosa presides at the Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome
The business of the 36th General Congregation (known as Ad Negotia) has now resumed, after the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Before the Eucharist began, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus prayed silently upstairs in the chapel of the Rooms of St Ignatius. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, who was elected as the Society’s 31st General last Friday, was then presented with two books: The Formula of the Institute and The Constitutions of the Society...
St Ignatius encounters Christ at La Storta - Icon by William McNichols
Today, Thursday 5 November 2015, the Jesuits remember All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, which was founded by St Ignatius of Loyola. Several other religious orders and congregations which are inspired by the spirituality of Ignatius make up the ‘Ignatian Family’. Many of its members have, over the past two years, expressed concern about the way young people are being drawn into a violent fundamentalism in a perversion of religious faith. So today they are proposing a special focus...
The Cave of St Ignatius in Manresa
The Jesuits in Spain will be launching the first Jubilee Year of the Ignatian Camino from Loyola to Manresa on the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola 31 July 2015. In Christianity, a jubilee is a special year of God’s mercy and is often associated with a pilgrimage.  They have also announced that the Ignatian Camino is being established as an official Apostolic Work of the Society of Jesus, to ensure that the Ignatian Camino retains its focus on Ignatian spirituality.The first Jubilee...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...
There will be two special masses for Jesuit friends and alumni on the feast of St Ignatius this year, one at Farm St Church in Mayfair, and one at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool.The St James Consort conducted by Chris Martin, who played for the St Ignatius Day mass at Holy Name Manchester last year, will be performing again this year at SFX. Mass will be  followed by refreshments - a lovely opportunity for alumni from around the world and the UK to meet and chat.The recently...
There will be two special masses for Jesuit friends and alumni on the feast of St Ignatius this year, one at Farm St Church in Mayfair, and one at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool.At Farm St the preacher will be Fr Tony Nye SJ, who celebrates his jubilee of 60 years in the Society of Jesus this year.Mass will be followed by refreshments in Mount Street Gardens, courtsey of the parishioners - a lovely opportunity for alumni from around the world and the UK to meet and chat.

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