The Ignatian Year was officially announced by Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ on September 2019 as a celebration to commemorate the 500 years since the conversion of St Ignatius in 1521 and the 400 years since the canonization of St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier in 1622.
The logo presents in Latin the name of the Founder of the Society of Jesus, “Ignatius”. The cross is visible in the center of the word, and it also points to the classic emblem of the Society, “IHS”. The “S” at the end of the name doubles as the figure “5” at the beginning of the number 500 which connects Ignatius’ old signature with our days by means of a new design. Consequently combining the epoch of Ignatius’ conversion (500 years ago) with the theme of the Ignatian Year celebration: “To see all things new in Christ”.