During the Ignatian Year we will publish every month an animated video on the life and spirituality of St. Ignatius. This project, called Voces Esejota – Ignatius500, is a project designed by scholastics of the Province of Spain. There are also versions in Spanish, English and French. Nubar Hamparzoumian SJ explains more about this project.
During the Fifth Centenary of the Conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Ignatius500) the audiovisual project of the scholastics of the Province of Spain, Voces Esejota, wanted to contribute a series of 15 videos that will explain the life of the Founder of the Society of Jesus from his first conversion provoked by the cannon shot in Pamplona in 1521, passing through his conversions in Manresa (provoked by the excesses of penance and the experience of the Cardoner), as well as the conversions provoked by his studies and even by his friends and companions until he arrived in Rome where he died in 1556.
Each of the videos is independent, but is part of the sequence of the whole series that will be published throughout the centenary year. The scripts have been written by different scholastics and then been given unity and spiritual and historical fidelity thanks to the help of Fr. José Gª de Castro, SJ. The videos have been recorded by other different scholastics, fighting against the difficulties that the pandemic has been putting on us and edited visually by Pedro Rocha e Mello along with the music of Marc Panicello and the coordination of Nubar Hamparzoumian, SJ. It is truly a work of collaboration and networking between Jesuits in formation and lay people who live and feel spirituality with devotion, contributing their professionalism. We cannot leave aside the fact that this series has been possible thanks to the help of the General Curia of the Society and the provinces EOF, BRI and UAE, which has allowed it to be developed not only in Spanish and with scholastics from the province of Spain, but in three different languages (Spanish, English and French) and with Jesuits from more than 15 provinces.
Just as each video explains the life of Ignatius, an effort has been made to update what Ignatius of Loyola lived at each moment of his conversions so that, having him as a Jesuit who inspires us, we can propose questions to contemporary young people about how they want to live, and with this audiovisual means propose the question of what they have done, what they do and what they should do for Jesus Christ.
Discover the first video of the project here: