This consecration will not only conclude the Ignatian Year, but continue
to foster the current of grace which has been flowing in people’s hearts since
May 2021. Father General chose this consecration of the Society to the Sacred
Heart. For Jesuits, it unites word and symbol in a special way.
consecration will take place during the closing Mass of the Ignatian Year, in
the Basilica of Loyola (Spain) on 31 July 2022. The text expresses the Jesuits’
vow to be “placed with Christ” and to serve “under the banner of the Cross”. The
offering will take place immediately before communion, in line with the
Society’s tradition of pronouncing vows at this moment during the Mass.
Father Sosa has asked all Jesuit communities to include this act of consecration to the Sacred Heart in their celebrations as they close the Ignatian Year on the feast of St Ignatius. It links Jesuits to their tradition, for on this day 50 years ago, Fr Arrupe made the same consecration, as did his predecessor, Fr Jan Beckx, 150 years ago.