Erromeria Pilgrimage

Join our Erromeria celebration!

Erromeria is Basque for a festive pilgrimage. Ignatius came from the Basque region of Spain and we want to celebrate and offer the gifts of Ignatius’ life and spirituality during this Ignatian Year.

The Ignatian Year is a celebration to commemorate 500 years since the conversion of St Ignatius in 2021 and 400 years since the canonisation of St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier in 2022. The 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.

We will be offering an online series of stories about key stages and turning points of Ignatius’ life, and the relevance of this to our lives, places, and times, including questions for you to reflect upon for your own life.

It is with thanks to the voices of JISA – Spiritual Directors and Givers of the First Spiritual Exercises who have come together to create contributions for our Ignatian Year celebrations!

We invite to click on the links below as they are revealed each month in this Ignatian Year.

The imperatives of walking: start again, faster, turn here, stop, go back, keep moving, whittle the heart into prayer and love.

Ignatius of Loyola

A small Spaniard, slightly lame, with bright eyes.

His eyes transmitted such joy that, when receiving someone, “he seemed to enclose him into his soul.”

For pilgrims (always limping), strolling, walking, running are exercises in love, in prayer.

Erromeria Pilgrimage Map

Monthly Erromeria Pilgrimage Blog

Coming August 2021

Casa Torre Loyola

The manor house, Loyola, lies in a beautifully fertile valley between two towns [Azcoitia to the north and Azpeitia to the south] in the Basque country of northern Spain. Mount izarraitz, a deceptively imposing mountain, […]

Disconnected – Young Ignatius at Loyola

Loyola. This is where the story of Ignatius’ life begins, and where our Erromeria pilgrimage begins, charting some key chapters in his life. Inigo was born in Castle Loyola in the Basque country of northern Spain, into […]

Midrash as a Creative Hermeneutic for the Festive Pilgrimage with Ignatius

Our world is in great need of healing. As we join Ignatius on this pilgrimage, which one of joy, celebration and healing, we are also joining our heart with his, in our con-joined desire for […]

Coming September 2021

Pamplona

PAMPLONA by Andrew Bullen SJ   Wherever Pamplona is: you mistake the enemy and over trust your own boldness, flourish an outdated flag for the last time and with style: you’re on the defensive. The […]

A Raging Bull, Cannonball Fire and a Nobleman

Annmaree Sutton’s poem, A Raging Bull, Cannonball Fire and A Noble Man, was born out of her work in Ignatian Spirituality and the Corpus Christi Community in Greenvale. The work of Corpus Christi reaches some of […]

A Cannonball Moment

Jim Manney from IgnatianSpirituaity.com reflects on his cannonball moment at the Loyola Chapel of Conversion.  Jim, who was previously an editor at Loyola Press, had a profound experience in the Chapel which resulted in his […]

Coming October 2021

Manresa poem

WHY MOVE AWAY from lofty Monserrat and the holy places? To here, which is nowhere much, just a place made of mud-dust: the cave and the river and the bridge, the cathedral a dark slab; […]

Cardoner poem

Now I am given to see ripples and current of this river cast water lights which interlace into a diamond and flash white fire. From white light streams white light To suffuse all creation with […]

St Ignatius in Manresa

Ignatius: A View from Manresa   Ignatius spent some months in 1522 praying in a cave on the edge of Manresa and composing the spiritual exercises in his notebook drawing from his experiences. The cave overlooks […]

Coming November 2021

Manresa poem

WHY MOVE AWAY from lofty Monserrat and the holy places? To here, which is nowhere much, just a place made of mud-dust: the cave and the river and the bridge, the cathedral a dark slab; […]

Cardoner poem

Now I am given to see ripples and current of this river cast water lights which interlace into a diamond and flash white fire. From white light streams white light To suffuse all creation with […]

St Ignatius in Manresa

Ignatius: A View from Manresa   Ignatius spent some months in 1522 praying in a cave on the edge of Manresa and composing the spiritual exercises in his notebook drawing from his experiences. The cave overlooks […]

Coming December 2021

From a lady’s man to being Our Lady’s man

For Ignatius at Montserrat, the Blessed Mary was a caring mother who would bring him closer to her Son, Jesus. Maurus Irsan Rimawal SJ from Myanmar reflects on Montserrat. Montserrat is a mountain 20 miles […]

What do you want from me God?

On the cusp of a significant spiritual insight.’ Laetitia Puthenpadath reflects on Ignatius’ transformative experience at the foot of the black Madonna in Monserrat. ‘He was like a roughly hewn and ill-shaped piece of marble […]

‘The Way’ to Jesus – a ceramic story

Two beautiful ceramic sculptures of Ignatius with Mary – as a young boy and at Monserrat. Read what inspired Margaret Strobl, Giver of the First Spiritual Exercises, and sculptural ceramicist, to create these pieces. I’ve […]

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