In the current editorial horizon of Ignatian spirituality journals, research articles and in-depth studies do not find an adequate editorial space. Having reached a moment of rethinking after its 35th issue, the research journal "Ignaziana" (ignaziana.org) aspires to fill this void. "Ignaziana" is a service that the Pontifical Gregorian University offers above all to the academic community and students, but also to guides of spiritual exercises and to all those interested in Ignatian spirituality, through research carried out with an interdisciplinary approach and in close relationship with contemporary culture.
The research journal is edited by a team of professors from the Gregorian University, who constitute its Council, and is open to contributions and collaboration from scholars and researchers from all over the world. To encourage these relationships, an annual Colloquium will be organised, each year in a different city. The first Colloquium will be held on the morning of 29 February next in Rome, at the Gregorian University, and will address the theme of Ignatian spirituality in Jesuit pedagogy. The second Colloquium will take place in Jerusalem, from 5 to 16 July 2025, in the form of a course entitled "Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Holy Land" with lectures and visits to holy places.
Jesuit Fr Pino Di Luccio, editor-in-chief and vice academic rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, observes that "the first Colloquium of 'Ignaziana' intends to make a contribution to understanding what the spirit of a Jesuit university is. What differentiates it from other universities and academic and research centres? At a time of reform of some university institutions, it is important that Ignatian spirituality be our compass'.
The Colloquium will be opened at 8:45 a.m. by the greeting of the Rector, Fr. Mark Lewis, followed by speeches by Fr Francisco Ramirez Fueyo (Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Canon Law, Pontifical Comillas University - Madrid), Fr Rolphy Pinto (Director of the Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, Gregorian University), Fr James Grummer (former Director of the Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, Gregorian University) and Fr Paul Oberholzer (Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church, Gregorian University). The conclusions will be entrusted to Fr Di Luccio.