As I mentioned earlier this month, I had the privilege of enjoying a pilgrimage to Spain and Rome to follow in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. I can’t thank Loyola Press enough for making this sacred journey possible! Here are some pics I took that help to capture the essence of the dramatic story of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.
5 Comments on A Glimpse of My Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome
Wow, I didn’t know there was a Manresa in Spain. There’s a Jesuit retreat center in Convent, Louisiana called Manresa. How appropriate that it’s a retreat center not unlike Iggy’s cave. Now I wonder if it was started when Spain governed La. Interesting.
What a wonderful reflection on your travels and an invitation to your readers to reflect on their own lives by journeying with you on an “Internet Pilgrimage” to the places of significance in St. Ignatius’ life. I have written the questions you pose in my date book for the week prior to Ignatius’ feast and will take the pilgrimage then. Thanks for the opportunity to travel with this great saint, and for giving me an idea of how to present some lives of the saints with meaning for those I catechize. Grace and peace!