The focus for the year is Ignatius as a patient, an ascetic and a pilgrim. The theme of this Ignatian Year is to see all things new in Christ.
Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, says the Year “offers us a great opportunity that, hopefully, we will take full advantage of. We should not let it pass in vain. It is a call to allow the Lord to work on our conversion. We ask for the grace to be renewed by the Lord. We wish to discover a new apostolic enthusiasm inside ourselves, a new life, new ways to follow the Lord.”
It is hoped that the events we hold this year enable our lay and religious companions, especially our young people, to join Jesuits all over the world in sharing more deeply the foundational experiences that have given shape to all our ministries. By July 31, 2022, the feast of Ignatius, we want to have responded to the call of the Holy Spirit to follow Christ with intimacy and enthusiasm as together we build a better world, where the dignity of all people is respected, and we live in a joy-filled harmony with nature.
Here in Australia and beyond we pray that the coming Year releases new energy, new freedom, new initiatives and new love for Christ and our sisters and brothers. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Richard Leonard SJ
Australian Coordinator for the Ignatian Year.