Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint
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Parking available at Holy Family Church and Arrupe HS lot a block down the street.
He was a soldier, a nontraditional student – he attended college in his 30s – and of course, a saint. How much do you really know about St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus?
Regis University, which is the region’s only Jesuit Catholic university, premieres the full-length, independent feature film, “Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint” at 7 p.m., Saturday, 26, at The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. The film is based on the true events of St. Ignatius’ tumultuous life.
There is no admission charge, but a $5 donation is requested. Proceeds will benefit Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization with which Regis partners to provide education and hope for refugees and asylum seekers at many worldwide sites, including in Afghanistan, Kenya and Malawi (for more about the program, visit http://www.jwl.org).
Interest in the 16th century Spaniard was renewed when Pope Francis became the first Jesuit elected at the Vatican in 2013. A movie about the saint hasn’t been made since the late 1940s, and that was a black-and-white Spanish film with English subtitles. This English-language movie was filmed in Ignatius’ native Spain.
In 1521 A.D., when he was Spanish army officer, St. Ignatius was struck by a cannonball in the leg during a battle against the French. The subsequent painful recovery and bedrest led to a spiritual conversion, and St. Ignatius dedicated his life to God.
St. Ignatius is credited with bringing the practice of discernment to the Catholic faith. He wrote “The Spiritual Exercises,” a book of meditations and exercises for deepening one’s relationship with God.
“Many people are hungry for the spirituality that was developed by a layman from his own life experiences,” said Sister Peg Maloney, a spiritual director who teaches Ignatian spirituality at Regis. “For more than 500 years ‘The Spiritual Exercises’ have provided a framework for prayer and contemplation that are applicable for any Christian.”
Although not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, Ignatius Press rates the movie a PG-13 and cautions the movie is not suitable for young children. Read more about the film and view the trailer: http://www.ignatiusmovie.com.
Optional, free parking for the movie premiere is available a few blocks away at Holy Family Parish, 4377 Utica St., and Arrupe Jesuit High School, 4343 Utica St.
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