Father J. Felix Raj, SJ

Fourteen thousand Jesuits and their co-workers across the world conclude their celebration of the Ignatian Year on July 31. The Ignatian year commemorates the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion – that moment when Ignatius, a swaggering “caballero” and soldier was struck by a cannonball while defending the citadel of Pamplona in May 1521 against the French, sustaining a major fracture in his right leg and damage to his left. During his convalescence, the ambitious Basque knight underwent a transformation into Ignatius the pilgrim of his newly chosen leader, Christ.