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Ignatian Currents: What’s Your Cannonball?

Friday, May 21, 7:00pm - Saturday, May 22, 5:00pm

Ignatian Currents: What’s Your Cannonball?

“On 20 May 2021, the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian family begin the worldwide celebration of an Ignatian Year. We will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the cannonball injury St. Ignatius experienced while defending Pamplona. It was an important failure for him in the way he was imagining his future, full of courtly riches and worldly exploits. However, this failure turned out to be only apparent. It started a process of conversion, which led Ignatius to have bigger dreams, no longer centered on himself, but rather on God.

It helped St. Ignatius to see all things new in Christ (the motto of the Ignatian Year), which is why the theme of this year is ‘conversion’.”

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ – Superior General, Society of Jesus, December 4, 2020.

We mark the start of the conversion of Ignatius with his “cannonball moment” at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, but we know, that as for each of us, this movement of conversion takes time. Our own cannonball moments may not be as vivid or as public as that of Ignatius, but they are poignant for each of us nonetheless. We, like Ignatius, may have a significant experience leading to conversion, or it may be a variety of cannonball moments over the course of our lives.

By breaking open and re-examining the story of Ignatius, his moment of failure, and his conversion, we can enter into our own stories. How do we attend to the interior movements of the Spirit in our lives? Where do we encounter and experience grace in our own conversion stories? How do we “see all things new in Christ?” And particularly as we begin to emerge from this year of pandemic, of political and cultural strife, how do we move to love as God loves and find ourselves with greater freedom in working to bring about the Reign of God.

Our time together will be marked by presentation, small and large group conversation, prayer and concludes with liturgy on Saturday afternoon.

Our program will be led and facilitated by Fr. Jim Conroy, SJ. He is the former Novice Director of the Maryland Province, co-founder of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, former Executive Director of the Jesuit Collaborative, retreat master, spiritual director and expert on the movements and graces of the Spiritual Exercises. Fr. Conroy currently serves as Superior of the Wheeling Jesuit Community in Wheeling, WV. A native of Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of John Carroll University, Fordham University and Loyola University in Chicago. He studied Ignatian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.


Friday, May 21

7:00pm: Opening Prayer. Presentation and Conversations.

8:45pm: Closing Prayer

Saturday, May 22

8:00am: Breakfast (for overnight participants)

9:30am: Presentation and Conversations. Time for Personal Prayer.

11:30am: Gathering of Graces

12:00 noon: Lunch

1:30pm: Presentation and Conversations. Time for Personal Prayer.

4:00pm: Gathering of Graces

4:30pm: Liturgy


Fr. Jim Conroy, SJ



Commuter (includes breakfast and lunch)


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Overnight (includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch)


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