Regis to celebrate Ignatian Heritage Day

Regis University is gathering to bring the worldwide observance of the Ignatian Year to the Northwest Denver Campus. With a series of events on Aug. 11, the University will honor Ignatian Heritage Day.

Through July 2022, global celebrations will reflect on the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, beginning with his injury in battle. During his recovery, Ignatius read about the life of Jesus Christ and the lives of the saints, which led to his decision to serve God — and eventually to the founding of the Society of Jesus. 

The Ignatian Year officially began on May 20, the 500th anniversary of the cannonball strike.

As part of the events on campus, the University will inaugurate the Ignatian Year, as well as the Mission Priority Examen, when the community comes together in the St. John Francis Regis Chapel. During the morning, Fr. Kevin Burke, S.J., Vice President of University Mission, will lead the Regis community in a shared conversation and discernment about the University’s mission. Later, University President the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., will share his State of the University address and welcome Dr. Karen Riley, Regis’ new Provost, to speak to attendees.

The activities, which are open to all, are sponsored by the Office of Mission and the Office of the President.

The University will continue to celebrate the Ignatian Year with mission-driven and community-building opportunities throughout the 2021-22 academic school year.

Ignatian Heritage Day Schedule

St. John Francis Regis Chapel

8:30 a.m.: Coffee and Donuts on Fortune Plaza 

9 a.m.: Inaugurate the Ignatian Year and the Mission Priority Examen

11:15 a.m.: State of the University Address, the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J.

12:15 p.m.: Lunch on Fortune Plaza