“Ite Inflammate Omni,”
Go and Set the World on Fire!
Legend has it that when St. Ignatius of Loyola missioned his best friend and fellow Jesuit St. Francis Xavier to be a missionary to the Far East, he knew that he was not likely to see him again. As Ignatius sent Xavier off to his new mission, he told him, “Ite Inflammate Omnia,” or go and set the world on fire. Drawing on this image of setting the world on fire, we’ve named our newest student gathering Ig.nite.
Our undergraduate-led ministry has a dual purpose: to ignite students’ desires for faith and friendship, and to offer them the Eucharist, dinner, and friends within the constraints of high-pressure lives.
What is Ig.nite?
Ig.nite begins with an undergraduate student-led Mass at 5:10 PM every Thursday. Students lead every aspect of the Mass from the music to the readings. Afterwards, students gather downstairs for dinner and conversation. Our very own Susan Maulbetsch crafts unique menus each week, from stir-fries to pot pies and even breakfast for dinner!
After dinner, students engage with guest speakers or small group faith sharing. We’ve had some great guest speakers, including Fr. Paul Mueller, S. J., direct from the Vatican Observatory! Often some students will stick around after Ig.nite to watch a movie, play cards, or play video games.
I have class until 6 PM. Can I come late?
Yes! Feel free to simply come to the Mass or just stop by for dinner. We typically have 150 students join us for dinner, making it a casual environment.