Ignatian Pilgrims Return from Spain Filled with the Spirit of Ignatius

Ignatius at Pamplona

Wed, 07/08/2015

Twenty-five alumni, faculty-staff and Loyola Board members returned from twelve days in Spain, walking in the steps of St Ignatius of Loyola.  The program was led by Fr. Ted Dziak, S.J., Vice-President for Mission & Ministry and Fr. Bob Gerlich, S.J., professor of history.  They were filled with the spirit of Ignatius.

The Ignatian pilgrimage group started in Bilbao, Spain, where the group visited the Guggenheim museum and they continued on to the seaside town of San Sebastian before settling in at Hotel Arrupe, located next door to the Basilica of St Ignatius in Azpetia, Spain.  Here is the castle of Loyola where Ignatius was born and lived and spent time in convalescence.  The next four days were spent in retreat, hearing stories of the life of Ignatius and visiting the places where he was baptized, visited Marian shrines and stayed and worked in a local hospital.  The group then went on to visit Javeier and the castle of St Francis Xavier and continued on to the beautiful monastery at Montserrat, where Ignatius laid his sword at the statue of our Lady of Montserrat.  The group also visited Manresa and the cave where Igantius spent time.  Barcelona was the final stop with a visit to the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, a maginficent church still being completed. Spain Pilgrims Group shot



"Gratitude is my final reflection on this pilgrimage., said Loyola alum and Ignaian pilgrim Candice Fisher.  "Fr. Ted, Fr. Bob, and Fr. Peter provided the real 'Jesuit guide to Almost Everything' for us through their homilies and conversations.  When we were in the cave at Manresa, I thought about how this one man, Ignatius of Loyola, inspired his first small group to follow the Spiritual Exercises he developed in this place. Over 450 years later, our three Jesuits, and many others, continue this legacy with countless contributions to the world in so many different arenas."