The arrangements for Loyola 2021 and Manresa 2022 anniversaries have begun.

Manresa 2022

In Manresa, the Cova Sant Ignasi spirituality center plans a symposium on good practices in the Spiritual Exercises in the 21st century, which will lead to the final publication of a book on the subject.

Another important project of Manresa 2022 will be the remodeling of the Sanctuary of the Cova. The works will include the valuable contribution of the Jesuit Marko Rupnik who will make 8 mosaics that will be placed in the 8 lateral altars. So, the pilgrims will experience the Christian pilgrimage through the Spiritual Exercises, in the place where Saint Ignatius began to write them.

There will also be  activities for children, young people, families, older people...  along with other spirituality centers. They are waiting too for Fr General’s guidelines to guide these celebrations.

Loyola 2021 

To prepare these two anniversaries, the Province organizes these initiatives:

International Symposium on Psychology and Spiritual Exercises ( “Perceiving and knowing the different movements…”Ex 313) in Loyola, June 20-24, 2019

After 500 years of Saint Ignatius’ conversion in Loyola, a reflection on the differences between the "subiecto" of the sixteenth century and the contemporary self may be necessary. We chose this subject about spiritual movements as it reflects the core of Ignatius’ personal experience and his fundamental proposal in the Spiritual Exercises in his rules for discernment of spirits. This Symposium is an invitation to reflect on the different psychological processes involved in the Ignatian way of understanding and proposing the spiritual experience. Perceiving (´sentir´) and knowing (´conocer´) spiritual movements entail understanding how to integrate the emotional with the cognitive, the affective with the intellectual dimension of experience, in order to understand the language of God in the Exercises and in everyday life. The "movement" (´moción´ in the original text) is a technical Ignatian term that reflects a chain between thought, feeling, desire, purpose, determination, decision, and action. This selected topic for the conference seeks to understand, from a contemporary perspective, the Ignatian link between the diversity and superficiality of emotions and thoughts that we experience and the depth of the movements of the Spirit that reveal to us how to follow Jesus in our concrete life.

The Languages of the symposium will be English and Spanish with simultaneous translation offered for events in the Main Hall. Possibility of communications in French and Italian. The participation could be in-person or online participation (streaming)

The main organizer is the University Pontificia Comillas (Institute of Spirituality / Faculty of Human and Social Sciences), in association with: Fifth Centennial Commission / CEL-Loyola Sanctuary / Loyola Communication Group / UNIJES / Province of Spain SJ. The honor committee chair is the provincial of Spain SJ, the scientific committee chair is José García de Castro SJ and the organizing committee chair is Ignacio Boné SJ.

What kind of person underlies the Ignatian paradigm?  

The discourse about what kind of person an Ignatian apostolic work requires has become an important topic in the last years. This is a big issue because, connecting with the ignatian conception of the word 'subjecto' , we refer  to an anthropological model of reference that is mainly convened in two circumstances:

When we ask ourselves about the 'apostolic objectives' and we seek to help people to be configured in a way which we call the 'Ignatian' one with all the connotations included in that term. When we speak of people like 'apostolic media'and we seek collaborating missionary people to participate in a way of being and being inspired by Ignatian Spirituality and its various resources (prayer, examination, exercises, etc.)  

A group of Jesuits is trying to clarify this issue (Coord.: Rufino J. Meana sj, José Gª de Castro sj, Francisco Ramírez sj, Jaime Tatay sj). They are preparing a book of reflections on Ignatian anthropology to be published in the Manresa collection (editorial Mensajero). "At the beginning of XXI century, this anthropological model needs a deeper and more detailed theological, spiritual and psychological description. This will result in a better understanding on the purpose of the apostolic missions and on the human means to achieve them; knowing 'where I am going and to what' is a key for decision making in the selection of media and people. "

The PURPOSE of this book is, therefore, to offer reflections about the idea of person underlying the Ignatian paradigm from different knowledge areas. They will be outreach articles, with good critical apparatus and accessible references, while being understandable by a reader with a medium level of education that does not have to include theology, writing, psychology or education.

THE TARGET AUDIENCE are people- religious and lay - involved in the day-to-day life of our Ignatian apostolic activities; the idea is to offer reflections and sources to help them to better understand their mission.

The book contains four THEMATIC AREAS
The bases: Scriptures and Theology.These areas hold the person idea underlying the Ignatian Spirituality from the beginning.
The sources.  Various aspects, from the study of sources, related to the human subject open to transcendence in a very specific way, the Ignatian one.
Contemporary approaches and challenges. Perspectives and contemporary languages to better understand current people and their relationships, also their religiosity.
What could Ignatian spirituality offer?The contributions, in various areas, that the Ignatian Spirituality can offer to contemporary people  

The book will have more than thirty collaborators and the estimated publication date will be the summer of 2019 just before the international congress of psychology and exercises. Both projects intend to be the prelude to the anniversary of Ignatius' Conversion in 2021.