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Five hundred years ago, Ignatius of Loyola was wounded by a cannonball, an event that became the catalyst for his profound spiritual pilgrimage that led to the creation of the Society of Jesus. At the foundation of this new religious order were the Spiritual Exercises, an Ignatian gift that has been adapted and adopted by Jesuits and laypeople throughout the world, most notably in Canada. 

To celebrate the past 500 years, the Society of Jesus has launched the Ignatian Year 2021–2022, inviting Jesuits to share their unique gifts. Within the framework of this initiative, the Jesuit Province of Canada will host the first virtual Ignatian Spirituality Conference on April 2 and 3. 

As we are all called to collaborate in Jesus’s project of hope, reconciliation, and justice, this two-day conference will provide an opportunity to deepen in our spiritual life so that we can more effectively put our faith into action for the common good. Participants will not only learn ways to integrate 500 years of spiritual wisdom into their daily lives, they will also have an opportunity to connect with other participants.  

How can Ignatian spirituality enrich our lives today? Eight sessions and two practical activities will offer opportunities to explore and experience various facets of Ignatian spirituality. Among other presenters, Laurence Loubières, XMCJ, will speak about how to make good decisions; James Martin, SJ, will give some helpful tips for discerning what is from God and what is not; John O’Brien, SJ, will discuss how to confidently recognize the path that God has prepared for us; and Greg Kennedy, SJ, will show how the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius can shed light on the journey back to our Common Home. 

To register for this free conference, visit www.ignatianconference.com. 

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