App, app, hooray!

Download the new Jesuit Pilgrimage app and you too can
‘journey’ to many Ignatian places during Lent.

 FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS 

When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, their popularity gave rise to the phrase “There’s an app for that”.

Are you ready to discover the journey of St Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit order?

There’s an app for that.

No, really. There is. You can “Travel miles with St Ignatius during Lent” on the new Jesuit Pilgrimage app. The app was developed by Fr Robert Ballecer SJ, a Jesuit priest working in the communications department at the Curia in Rome. His Twitter handle is @padresj and if you’ve never watched him on YouTube, the video clip below is a great starting point.

A question many of us ask ourselves is, “What am I going to do for Lent?” Often, we end up doing what we did last year or even what we did as kids! But the arrival of this app will make Lent 2024 a very different and immersive experience.

“This Lent, we are offering you an opportunity to connect with Ignatian spirituality and deepen your faith journey using our new Jesuit Pilgrimage app”, said Fr John Dardis SJ, the Director of the Communications Office of the Jesuit General Curia. “Week by week, you will travel to different Ignatian places on our Travel Miles campaign.”

The “Travel Miles” campaign brings you to a different destination in each of the weeks of Lent: Pamplona, Loyola, Paris, Venice and Rome. From week to week, you can enjoy the user-friendly platform that brings these locations to life, offering stunning audiovisuals and historical content. Let God reach out to you!

Here’s a rundown of what lies ahead:

  • Pamplona: Explore the place where St Ignatius was wounded by a cannonball that altered the direction of his life. Where can your life take a turn for the better? How can you dream a new dream?
  • Loyola: Immerse yourself in spiritual experiences at the family home of St Ignatius. Let God touch you in new ways.
  • Paris: Experience the city where St Ignatius studied in order to better serve God and the Church. What do you need to learn and how do you need to grow in order to serve better?
  • Venice: The first Jesuits met and discerned together here. Who are the friends whom you trust and with whom you can discern?
  • Rome: Conclude your Lenten journey by exploring the city from where so many Jesuits were sent on mission. What’s your mission? And where might God be leading you?

“Just now, the app is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian”, said Fr Vivian Richard SJ, the project director. “We are working hard on the Korean and Vietnamese versions, and who knows how many more will come. The app is not just a tourist experience but a modern spiritual exercise.”

You can take part in two ways:? 

  1. From your armchair: Download the app, travel in style and then share your experience on social media with the hashtag #TravelMiles.
  2. On the spot: If you are lucky enough to actually be in any of the places, grab a selfie and share it on social media with the hashtag #LentWithIgnatius. If you have been there before, you can still upload your photograph with the hashtag #LentWithIgnatius.

To participate, download the Jesuit Pilgrimage app from the App Store or Google Play. We will send you a special notification every week. You just have to enable your push notifications!

Start your pilgrimage immediately. Join the movement, begin the adventure!

Banner image: Alexsi, Canva

To enquire about becoming a Jesuit in Australia, contact vocations@sjasl.org.au and for more info, visit our Vocations page.

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