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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.



Why 2021?

We are celebrating the Ignatian Year to commemorate the 500th anniversary of an experience that transformed Ignatius of Loyola forever and gave rise to a spirituality and form of education that has shaped millions of people over the past five centuries.


Opportunity to go "from profession to purpose"

The Ignatian Year presents an opportunity for conversion among the whole Jesuit higher educational community. We can invite our students to go from profession to purpose, to make a deeper reflection of their talents, their passions and the world's greatest needs, as we accompany them on the path to finding their vocation.

In this Ignatian Year, we invite you to organize programs and initiatives that promote this "invitation to a deeper reflection" as a hallmark of Jesuit higher education. See initiatives from all around the world

Click on the buttons below to submit your Ignatian Year initiatives, using English or Spanish forms:


                                                                                             Submit Ignatian Year Initiative

                                                                                   Comparta su Iniciativa del Año Ignaciano



Ignatian Year promotional resources

We have prepared a number of Ignatian Year promotional resources (posters, slides, Ignatian Year handbook and much more) that are accesible for you to use and to share with colleagues at your institution.


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To access other Ignatian Year websites click the following button: 


                                                                                                        Ignatian Year Links

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                                                                                            Ignatian Year Working Group