The Ignatian Year
Declaration of the Ignatian Year for Our Parish
From our Pastor, Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., and the Parish Pastoral Council:
Five hundred years ago, the man who would become known as St. Ignatius of Loyola was hit in the legs by a cannonball at the battle of Pamplona. This devastating event sparked a process of conversion as Ignatius' eyes were slowly opened to see all things new in Christ. To mark this anniversary, we, the Pastor and Parish Pastoral Council of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, declare an Ignatian Year for our parish starting on May 20, 2021 (the anniversary of the battle of Pamplona) and ending on the Feast of St. Ignatius, July 31, 2022. We take this step in concert with declarations of the Ignatian Year made by Father General Arturo Sosa, S.J., by the Jesuits East USA province, and in concert with Jesuit ministries around the world. We encourage parish ministries to focus their work over the next year through the lens of “seeing all things new in Christ.” We invite all parishioners and community members to respond to God’s call to deeper conversion, to engage more deeply with the Universal Apostolic Preferences, to recognize and reflect on personal “cannonball moments,” and to truly “see all things new in Christ.”
Ignatian Year Opening Events
Wednesday, May 19, 7pm
One Ignatian Community | Una Sola Comunidad Ignaciana
A 30-minute bilingual prayer service to mark the launch of the Ignatian Year, offered by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality
Thursday, May 20, 9am
Daily Mass marking the 500th anniversary of the St. Ignatius’ injury at the Battle of Pamplona
Thursday, May 20, 7pm
An Ignatian Year Celebration: Honoring Senior Jesuits
The USA East Jesuit Province kicks off the Ignatian Year with a virtual service honoring senior Jesuits and presents the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife, Dr. Christine Grady.
Sunday, May 23, 8pm
Pilgrims with Ignatius
Jesuit Fr. General Arturo Sosa leads a prayer service with people from around the world.
A Prayer for the Ignatian Year
A prayer to celebrate the Ignatian Year from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
God of all people,
You were there when the cannonball shattered the leg of St. Ignatius, shattered his dreams, and shattered what he assumed his life would be. Even in a moment of pain and uncertainty, doubt and darkness, you spoke to Ignatius a word of peace and light. You showed him the path to you and the person he might become.
We may not be soldiers, standing in the path of a literal cannonball. And yet, we’ve been hit all the same. Cannonballs shatter our own hopes and dreams and expectations.
Like Ignatius, may we hear the compassionate voice of your Son in the aftermath of these cannonball blasts. May we seek the face of Christ even when our dreams are shattered. May we turn and follow Jesus with the courage it takes to change and grow.
As we journey through this Ignatian Year, may we be shown the path to you, God of all people, and live out our vocation, becoming the person you have invited us to be. Give us the grace to work for reconciliation every day: with you, with others and with your creation. Open our eyes so we might see all things new in Christ.
Learn more about and find resources for the Ignatian Year at Jesuits.org/Ignatian-Year.