July 31, 2022
Dear Brophy Community,
Today, as we acknowledge and celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius, we also celebrate the ending of the Ignatian Year. The Ignatian Year — May 20, 2021-July 31, 2022 — commemorated the life-altering cannonball moment that rerouted Ignatius’ charted course to an unknown destination. Like most life-altering journeys, his path from soldier to priest and founder of the Jesuits was not always easy or clearly defined; still, he accepted the discomfort that comes with not always knowing the next step, trusting in God to lead him.
Innately, we are planners. We live by calendars, by routines and seasons. We familiarize ourselves with societal expectations, try to meet them and expect others to do the same. We take comfort in familiar faces, schedules, routes. We do not tolerate the discomfort of the unknown well. This is why it is hard to imagine the giant leap of faith and the courage that characterized Ignatius’ own change of plans.
Now, 500 years later, perhaps relooking at Ignatius’ life can inspire and empower us to make a bold change we have been hesitant to embark upon. Or maybe Ignatius’ absolute faith in God can re-ignite our own faith and comfort us in what continues to be a challenging time for our nation and the world. Let’s not overlook the ability of faith to guide, comfort and instill courage.
As a Jesuit school, this is what we hope to give our students: the courage to take the uncharted course, a deeply rooted faith to guide them, and an unwavering commitment to working for the greater good. Thus, it is appropriate that each year on the Feast of St. Ignatius we ask for nominations for our alumni awards: The St. Ignatius of Loyola Award for Distinguished Service is given to an alumnus who has sustained this Ignatian commitment throughout his life, and the St. Francis Xavier Award for Ignatian Identity is given to a more recent alumnus who continues to deepen his commitment to the ideals of Jesuit education. You can find more information here
and submit nominations here
. Award recipients will be honored at the Father-Son Communion Breakfast on Saturday, November 19, 2022.
No matter where we are in life, on this Feast Day of St. Ignatius, as we face challenges and struggle with determining our own paths, let’s celebrate the potential for great and positive change when, as Ignatius did 500 years ago, we walk into the unknown having made the decision to let faith lead us and to finding God in all things.
|Adria Renke||Bob Ryan|