A Pilgrim's Testament : The Memoirs of Saint Ignatius of Loyola - New Edition

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Barton T. Geger, S.J.
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v, 175

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Early Jesuits urged Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), founder of the Society of Jesus, to share the story of how God had worked in his soul. His memoirs, they hoped, would inspire and guide Jesuits and other readers for years to come. Barton Geger, S.J., provides a new introduction and original annotations for this edition of A Pilgrim’s Testament.  Geger includes fascinating notes that accompany this important text, making the autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola more accessible to all. 

St. Ignatius of Loyola (c.1491–1556) was a Spanish nobleman who had a spiritual conversion when he was thirty years old. Ignatius did two things for which he is famous. First, he wrote a little book called The Spiritual Exercises, which is a manual of sorts to guide people through a thirty-day silent retreat.  The second thing that Ignatius did, after he became a Catholic priest, was to create a fraternity of priests and lay brothers called the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits for short.

Readers will find Ignatius struggling with many of the same questions and tensions that Christians face every day: Why should I belong to the church, if I can follow God in my own way? What should I do with my life? How do I fight this temptation? How do I know when God is trying to tell me something? Is it ever acceptable to say “no” to good people who ask for my help?


Editorial Reviews

"The very best English translation of the Autobiography with a superb introduction, helpful footnotes and appendices, this new edition is bound to become the English-language standard."

     - James Martin, S.J., author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything





Foreword of Fr. Jerónimo Nadal 

Foreword of Fr. Luís Gonçalves da Câmara 

A Pilgrim’s Testament 

1. Pamplona and Loyola (May 1521 to Late February 1522)

2. Road to Montserrat (February to March 1522)

3. Sojourn at Manresa (March 1522 to February 1523)

4. Pilgrimage to Jerusalem (March to September 1523)

5. Return to Spain (October 1523 to February 1524) 

6. Barcelona and Alcalá (February 1524 to June 1527)

7. Trouble at Salamanca (July to December 1527)

8. Progress in Paris (February 1528 to April 1535)

9. Farewell to Spain (October to November 1535)

10. Venice and Vicenza (January 1536 to October 1537) 

11. Finally in Rome (November 1537 to October 1538) 

Epilogue of Fr. Gonçalves 

Appendix 1: Timeline of St. Ignatius’s Life

Appendix 2: Classic Sources for Understanding A Pilgrim’s Testament

Appendix 3: About Citations of the MHSI


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  • 5
    Pilgrim's Journey

    Posted by greg richard on Oct 22nd 2020

    Wonderful book. Fr. Geger's notes are insightful.

  • 5
    A Pilgrim's Testament

    Posted by Sr Mary Edith Olaguer on Aug 27th 2020

    This new edition is extremely readable and the nuances given in translation changes are quite enlightening. And strangely, adds to one's love for St Ignatius. The print however is a bit uncomfortable because of its size and while I understand that the size of the book is good for pocket reading, still, I wish it were a bit bigger. The contents however are a treasure for the heart and the mind. Thank you so much!

  • 5
    Memoirs of St. Ignatius Loyola,

    Posted by JOSEPH PARKES on Aug 26th 2020

    Excellent rendering of a key Jesuit document. The end notes are superb. Thank you, congratulations.

  • 5
    A Pilgrim's Testament edited by Barton Geger,SJ

    Posted by Dr Eileen Quinn Knight on Aug 25th 2020

    The detail in the book leads to contemplation. On page 48......"the pilgrim had the habit, whenever he ate with anyone, never to speak at table, except to answr briefly. Instead, he LISTENED to what people were saying, and noted some things that he could use as opportunities to speak about God. When the meal was finished, he did so." p.48

  • 5
    Memoirs of St. Ignatius

    Posted by Loretta Pehanich on Aug 24th 2020

    The introduction is a very readable summary and explanation. The autobiography's modern translation is a much easier read than the original. Definitely worth reading again in this format.