Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola celebrated
Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi commemorated the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola in its campus. This year is celebrated as the Ignation Year in honour of the 501st anniversary of St. Ignatius.
Director, XISS, Dr Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, welcomed the audience for the prayer mass and spoke about the institute's goal to promote four societal themes on this auspicious day. He said that, this year the celebrations have been specially themed accordingly to promote Ignatius Spirituality, which shows the way to God through spiritual exercises and discernment. Second, to uplift the poor and marginalised and walk with the outcastes of the world, those whose dignities have been violated in a mission of reconciliation and justice. Third, to recognise the talent and potential of the youth and accompany them in the creation of a hope-filled future. And fourth, to collaborate in the care of our common home. These themes are for keeping us enabled throughput to work for the society at large and bring in peace and harmony.
Earlier, the feast day celebration commenced with an entrance hymn, a Gloria dance, and a Bible procession in the auditorium. The holy event was marked by a flag hosting ceremony by Dr Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, Director, Dr Pradeep Kerketta SJ, Assistant Director, XISS and other celebrants, followed by ‘Arti’ dance, band performance and cultural programmes. The mass was led in prayer by Dr Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, Dr Pradeep Kerketta SJ along with Fr Prem Xalxo SJ, Fr Swarn Tigga SJ, Fr Claber Minj SJ, and Fr Samir Xavier Bhawnra SJ.
Ignatius of Loyola, SJ, venerated as St Ignatius of Loyola, founded the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. The Ignation spirituality promotes our human bodies as a source of wisdom, discernment, and revelation and views the world as our space to serve with grace and respect.
The holy festival concluded by blessings amongst the audiences including faculty, staff, guests and, students of XISS. The ceremony ended with a feast to celebrate the day.