Ignatian Threads

Ignatian Threads

Real 'Ignatian Threads'

Posted by Hilda Walter on 9/22/20

September 20

This feature, Ignatian Threads, carries significant overtones. Recent offerings introduced some early Jesuits, namely Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Peter Faber, and Peter Canisius who were led them through faith to form the Society of Jesus.  500 years ago these first Jesuits were very young men. Ignatius had not ... Read More »

Early Jesuit Efforts

Posted by Hilda Walter on 9/14/20

September 13

The Pope granted the General of the Society of Jesus special permission to commission Jesuits to teach theology in any university. The young Peter Canisius was assigned by Ignatius to the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria.  Canisius arrived in Bavaria just after he had passed his own doctoral examination ... Read More »

Inspiring Early Jesuit

Posted by Hilda Walter on 9/08/20

September 6

Peter Faber lived just a few years as a Jesuit. He spent two years in Portugal and Spain, helping to establish the Society, and In Germany he was involved in attempts to reconcile Catholics and Lutherans just before the opening of the Council of Trent. Faber made ... Read More »

The Fourth Vow

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/31/20

August 30

Having elected Ignatius as the first Father General of the Society of Jesus, a second course of action facing the newly formed Jesuits was for the companions to pronounce their solemn vows.  At the Basilica of St. Paul outside of ancient Rome, they would publicly repeat vows ... Read More »

The New Society of Jesus

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/24/20

August 23

Three years after having pronounced their first vows at Montmartre, Ignatius and his six companions, including Francis Xavier and Peter Faber, travelled to Italy to seek papal approval for their order.  They were given a commendation by Pope Paul III, with permission to be ordained priests. After ordination ... Read More »

Jesuit Pope canonizes Jesuit Saint

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/11/20

August 9              

Peter Faber, who Feast Day was August 1st, was one of the first Jesuits. At the University of Paris in 1525, he and his roommate, Francis Xavier, studied philosophy and theology. In October, 1529, they added a third roommate, a man several years older than themselves. This ... Read More »

The Jesuits: "Placed together with Christ"

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/31/20

August 2

For these past few weeks, this feature has highlighted the life of Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day was July 31. Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Peter Fabre, and the four other students who took vows of devotion to God and the Church at Montmartre, referred to themselves as ... Read More »

Legacy of The Spiritual Exercises

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/27/20

July 31 will be the Feast of St. Ignatius.

Ignatius spent a prayerful year at Manresa, living in a Dominican house where priests served as confessors, and where he found peace in praying about the Holy Trinity.  He decided that he would no longer practice extreme penances, and that ... Read More »

Ignatius and His God

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/20/20


Though he had learned to pray, Ignatius was tormented with fear that he had not properly confessed past sins.  Seeking help from spiritual people did not calm his soul.  He continued going to confession, receiving communion, and fasting week-long, until a confessor convinced him that extreme fasting might ... Read More »

Ignatius Learns to Pray

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/13/20


After recovering from battle injuries, Ignatius left behind his life as an earthly knight and journeyed to Jerusalem, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. He bought a pilgrim’s staff and cloth for a robe, and gave away his expensive clothing to a poor man he met along the ... Read More »


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