In May 1521, Ignatius of Loyola was hit by the most influential cannonball in history. During his recovery, he experienced a conversion that ultimately led to him founding the Jesuits. To mark the 500th anniversary of this event, the Jesuits invite young people to come and hear about what we've done in those intervening 500 years.

When: Saturday 22 May 2021, 10:30am - 2:30pm
Where: St Ignatius' Church [Map]
RSVP: Matthew Pinson SJ on

We'll begin with Mass, followed by a few talks from Jesuits on some of the most important periods of Jesuit and world history, and end with an experience of Ignatian prayer. 

Speakers will be Chris Gleeson SJ, Michael Smith SJ, Matthew Pinson SJ and Julian Butler SJ


  • 10:30am: Mass
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm: Talks (on Jesuit schools, Ignatius the pilgrim and Jesuit scientists)
  • 1:00pm - 1:50pm: Lunch
  • 1:50pm - 2:10pm: Last talk
  • 2:10pm - 2:30pm: A guided imaginative contemplation on the Pentecost story

Ignatian Year: resources and upcoming events

The Ignatian Year is an opportunity to celebrate St Ignatius' conversion, to be renewed, to become pilgrims with him, and to see all things new in Christ.  Will you join us? 

Keep posted on Australian and global resources, news and events at The Ignatian Year - Jesuits Australia | | #ignatius500