At Ignatius House The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius form the foundation of their mission, Silent Weekend Retreats, Days of Reflection and the Spiritual Direction offered to all. Written by Ignatius of Loyola, The Exercises provide structure to an ongoing process that answers God’s call to enter into a deeper relationship with Himself and the life of the Trinity.
If you have attended a retreat at Ignatius House you are already familiar with the Spiritual Exercises and how they can provide some direction for deepening your own relationship with God and his desire for your life. To learn more, consider attending a Silent Weekend Retreat or Day of Reflection soon. Dates and times available at www.ignatiushouse.org.
In honor of St Ignatius and his contribution to our lives, Ignatius House will be celebrating St. Ignatius Feast Day on Tuesday, July 31st with a public Mass and luncheon. Be sure to register early as space will be limited. The Mass begins at 12:15pm followed by a luncheon. Cost is $15 per person for lunch. To register, visit www.ignatiushouse.org, call 404.255.0503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast Facts about St. Ignatius of Loyola:
- Inigo (Ignatius) was born on December 24, 1491, the year before Columbus discovered a New World
- After being seriously wounded at the Battle of Pamplona, he underwent a profound spiritual conversion, which placed great emphasis on discerning God’s presence in the everyday experiences of ordinary life
- After his conversion, he devoted his mature years to the revitalization of Catholicism
- Ignatius said Mass for the first time in Rome, in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in 1538, more than fifteen years after his “conversion”
- His chief work, the “Spiritual Exercises” was started at Manresa in 1522 but wasn’t published with Papal approval until 1548
- Ignatius, along with several faith-filled friends founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)
- In 1540, after Pope Paul III approved the Institute of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius was elected General Superior and served in that post until his death in 1556 at the age of 65
- At the time of his death there were 13,000 members of the Society living in thirty-two provinces all over Europe
- In its early years, The Society of Jesus served as the chief instrument of the Catholic Reformation
- Today, the Jesuits are the largest male religious order in the world, with approximately 19,000 members internationally
The Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola: What Can It Teach Us About God? (an excerpt from James Martin, SJ’s book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything) You can purchase this book at the Trinity Book Shop at Ignatius House.