• Spain,  Spiritual Travel

    JesCom invites pilgrims to join Camino Ignaciano

    If you’re into contemplative walking and are thinking of going on a pilgrimage, why not join the Camino Ignaciano in Spain this September? Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom), the media arm of the Philippine province of the Society of Jesus, invites travel enthusiasts to join Camino Ignaciano, a pilgrimage that traces the journey taken by St. Ignatius of Loyola from Loyola to Barcelona in Spain. This pilgrimage is scheduled from September 26 to October 10, 2017.   For two weeks, pilgrims will travel through picturesque mountains, beautiful deserts and wide plains. The journey begins in Loyola with a welcome mass at the home where St. Ignatius lived, and leads to remarkable…

  • Destinations,  Europe,  Footnote,  Spain

    Footnote: Ignacio the First Jesuit

    On May 20, 1521, one man’s fate–and faith–was changed forever.  Ignacio de Loyola was a soldier who was called to defend the city of Pamplona against the French.  As he stood on one of the wall towers, he was struck by a cannon ball. With both legs injured, he was carried back to his home in Loyola where he spent the next few months recuperating.  The rest, as they say, is history. But this ‘cannon ball moment’ effectively changed not only his life, but countless others. This marker is found in front of the San Ignacio de Loyola Basilica in Pamplona. It says “Here San Ignacio de Loyola fell wounded…

  • Destinations,  Europe,  Spain

    In Search of San Ignacio de Loyola

    Some months ago, my JesCom team and I found ourselves in Spain following the footsteps of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. This was part of our initial research on the great Basque saint whose life we are (bravely) putting on the big screen sometime in 2015.  We wanted to walk in his shoes for a few days. By doing so, perhaps we would be able to tell his story better.     In Gipuzkoa, we marveled at the beauty of  his hometown, Loiola,  and the grandness of the castle where he was born.     We attended  mass inside the room where he convalesced after being…