Free Film from Word on Fire: Celebrating the 500th Year Anniversary of St. Ignatius’s Conversion

Ignatius as Superior General

In honor of the Ignatian Jubilee Year and St. Ignatius, Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries will offer “The Pivotal Players – St. Ignatius of Loyola: The Founder” for free online streaming at

To celebrate the life and witness of St. Ignatius, the Society of Jesus has called for an Ignatian Jubilee Year beginning on May 20, 2021—the 500th anniversary of the beginning of his conversion—and continuing through July 31, 2022—his feast day on the Church’s calendar.

During these celebratory months, Word on Fire is offering “St. Ignatius of Loyola: The Founder” for free video streaming. This episode of the “Pivotal Players” series covers Ignatius’ journey from a courageous and celebrated warrior to a passionate servant of Christ. He effected this influence through the establishment of the Jesuit order and through his masterpiece, “The Spiritual Exercises.”

Those interested in Ignatian spirituality will find more information in the “Word on Fire Classics: Ignatian Collection,” a book which features: “The Spiritual Exercises;” a selection of poems from Gerard Manley Hopkins, introduced and annotated by Dr. Holly Ordway; and a selection of letters by the great Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier, introduced by Bert Ghezzi.

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Word on Fire Catholic Ministries exists to support the evangelization efforts of Bishop Robert Barron by drawing people into the Body of Christ, which is the Church, and thereby giving them access to all the gifts that Jesus wants his people to enjoy. To be most effective in this mission, Word on Fire places an emphasis and urgency on the use of contemporary forms of media and innovative communication technologies.