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Superior General of the Society of Jesus Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J. has officially announced the celebration of the Ignatian year to commemorate 500 years since the conversion of St. Ignatius in 2021 and 400 years since the canonization of St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier in 2022.
The Ignatian year will open on May 20, 2021, the anniversary of Ignatius’ injury at Pamplona and conclude on July 31, 2022, the feast of St. Ignatius. The peak of the celebration will fall on March 12, 2022, the fourth centenary of the canonization of St. Ignatius with St Francis Xavier, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. Isidore Labrador, and St. Philip Neri.
The logo presents in Latin the name of the Founder of the Society of Jesus, “Ignatius”. The cross is visible in the center of the word, and it also points to the classic emblem of the Society, “IHS”. The S at the end of the name doubles as the figure 5 at the beginning of the number 500 which connects Ignatius’ old signature with our days by means of a new design. Consequently, combining the epoch of Ignatius’ conversion with the theme of the Ignatian Year celebration: “To see all things new in Christ”.
The theme is an invitation to the whole Society to “‘be renewed’ by the Lord himself” and “an opportunity to know, to love and to follow the Lord of all things,” wrote Fr. Sosa.