Vice President of Mission and Ministry John Sebastian walks in the footsteps of St. Ignatius
Vice President of Mission and Ministry John Sebastian, Ph.D., recently traveled to Spain on a pilgrimmage that followed in the footsteps of St. Ignatius Loyola. These are dispatches from his trip.
June 24, 2016
We began our day in Azpeitia at the birthplace of Iñigo López de Loyola, the future Saint Ignatius. Two of the photos depict the room where Doña Marina gave birth to her youngest son in 1491. The other photo shows the chamber in which Iñigo convalesced after being wounded in 1521 at the Battle of Pamplona and where he began his spiritual conversion. Now known as the Chapel of the Conversion, here is where our group, which consists of people involved in a variety of Jesuit works from the US, Ireland, and Belize, celebrated an intimate and unforgettable Mass this morning.
June 25, 2016
We began our day today in Javier with Mass in the chapel erected on the site where Saint Francis Xavier was born in 1506. We used the occasion to reflect on friendship. Francis Xavier met Saint Ignatius when they were roommates at the University of Paris. Francis was not easily won over by Ignatius, but a friendship eventually developed that stretched across the globe as Francis Xavier traveled to India and Japan while Ignatius lived out his days administering the Society of Jesus from Rome. Reflecting on their friendship puts us in mind of the companions in our own lives who have journeyed with us along paths we might never have traveled on our own.