Xavier professors reflect on their pilgrimage to Spain tracing the steps of Ignatius Loyola

The presentation focuses on the influences of Mary on the co-founder of the Jesuit order | April 20, 2010

Margo Heydt, associate professor of social work, and Sarah Melcher, associate professor of theology, are giving a presentation at Xavier reflecting on their experiences during a 2006 pilgrimage tracing the footsteps of Ignatius Loyola on his journey from Spain to Rome.

The presentation takes place on Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Their talk, “Mary, the Hidden Catalyst: Reflections from an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome,” focuses on the significant influences of Mary, Mother of Jesus, on Ignatius, who co-founded the Jesuit order in 1534. As Protestant feminist professors teaching in a Jesuit Catholic university, Heydt and Melcher bring a unique perspective to the story of Ignatius’ transformation from a Spanish soldier of nobility to the spiritual founder the Jesuits.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Donna Kunkel at kunkel@xavier.edu or 513-745-2080.