The Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola was celebrated on 30th July 2021 at LIBA at 11:30am. The programme began with a prayer song by LIBA choir. Father Rector, Father Director, Priests, Sisters, LIBA officials, staff and student representatives paid floral tribute to the portrait of the Saint.
In his welcome address Fr C. Joe Arun, SJ, Director of LIBA said that it was the impulse of interiority that touched him most in his understanding of the Saint. In fact, that point remained as the core of the celebrationsRev. Fr. Jerome Stanislaus D’Souza, SJ – President of the Jesuit conference of South Asia (POSA) took part in the celebration virtually. He shared his reflections as to how a Jesuit Business School should look at education and formation of business leaders who would be responsible and ethical in their business enterprises. Father Francis P Xavier, the Rector of Loyola College Institutions addressed the gathering with his inspiring thoughts on the 500th year of conversion of the saint.
“Who is St. Ignatius for me?” was the theme on which the non-Jesuits, from the faculty Prof Chandiran, Dr Deepa Ittimani – the staff – Mr Alagusundaram, and Mrs Kriba (sweeper) – shared their understanding and learning from the Jesuit Business School. In their sharing, they said that how they had imbibed the principles and ideals of the Saint and how they impacted in their lives and in the work they do; particularly, the Examination of Consciousness and discernment, they said, have become part of their lives. They felt grateful to the Jesuits for making a difference in their lives. The programme concluded with the Noble Knight hymn. The feast day closed with a cake cutting and a sumptuous festive lunch.