Monday, July 18, 2022

Ignatian Pilgrimage, Dr. Hayes, and SLUs Mission and Identity

Ignatian Pilgrimage, Dr. Hayes, and SLUs Mission and Identity

May 29, 2022: Four members of the SLU community joined the College of the Holy Cross and other Jesuit colleagues from Marquette University and Xavier University on an #IgnatianYear pilgrimage to visit the Ignatian sites at Loyola, Manresa, Montserrat, Rome, and others. Pictured: Ann Hayes (Doisy College, Program in PT),  Amy Sanders (Law School), Rob Boyle (Chaifetz Business School), and Virginia Herbers (Office of Mission and Identity).

May 31, 2022:  The SLU pilgrims visited Loyola, Spain and several other sites from Ignatius’ early years. Mass at the “Conversion Chapel” was a highlight.  The SLU pilgrims prayed in the very room where Ignatius convalesced and began his journey to the foundation of the Society of Jesus. 

June 1, 2022: Continued their pilgrimage journey to Javier, Spain via Aranzazu

June 2, 2022: The SLU pilgrims celebrated Mass at the Cave at Manresa.  Also known as the Cave of St. Ignatius, this is where, in the 1520s, St. Ignatius prayed and completed penance prior to writing the Spiritual Exercises. Dr. Ann Hayes had reached out to Doisy College to collect intentions from the SLU community to pray during the visit here. 

June 4, 2022:   The SLU pilgrims are pictured here on their last day in Montserrat.  Next stop, Barcelona where Ignatius lived a few months before departing for the Holy Land. 

June 5-7, 2022: The completion of the pilgrimage in Rome Italy!  Dr. Ann Hayes and her Jesuit colleagues visited St. Peter’s Basilica, the rooms of Ignatius, the tomb of Ignatius, St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Jesuit Curia, and many other incredible, holy sights.  Each day of the pilgrimage was filled with many blessings—it will be forever held in our hearts.

The Ignatian Year: To See All Things New in Christ
May 20, 2021 - July 31, 2022
On May 20, 2021, the Society of Jesus celebrated the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius conversion and the beginning of the Ignatian Year. Within the Ignatian Year, on March 12, 2022, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the canonization of both St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier. The year will conclude on the Feast of St. Ignatius on July 31, 2022.

Resources for the Ignatian Year
Throughout the Ignatian Year, Saint Louis University's Office of Mission and Identity will provide opportunities to see all things new in Christ. Learn more on the SLU Ignatian Year website. 

Celebrate the Closing of the Ignatian Year, Feast of St. Ignatius on Sunday, July 31
All members of the St. Louis Ignatian family are invited to celebrate the closing of the Ignatian Year with a Mass Sunday, July 31, at the Shrine of St. Joseph. Learn more here.

The Office of Mission and Identity at Saint Louis University is charged with furthering the understanding of Saint Louis University's Mission as a Jesuit and Catholic University. 

Photos submitted by Ann Hayes.

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