Name and Birth and Death Dates
Saint Ignatius Loyola was known as Ignio Lopez when he was born in 1491 in Loyola, Spain hence his last name. He was the youngest of thirteen children. He was a hard-working andambitious boy when he joined the army at 18. He fought many battles for Spain before being seriously injured by a canon ball. He began to read books of Christ which lead to his desire to become a servant of God. He entered the Benedictine monastery and dedicated his life to converting non-believers before dying in 1556.
Patronage and Celebrated Day
Ignatius passed away on July 31, 1556. His feast day is the day of his death. Saint Ignatius is the Patron of the society of Jesus, soldiers, educators, and education.
- Saint Ignatius Loyola was canonized in 1622 by Gregory XV.
- His mother died when he was only 7
- After many surgeries on his legs due to a cannonball, one of his legs had to be amputated
- Ignatius attended grammar school filled with children to learn Latin and other. Beginning subjects as an adult. He then went on to attend the University of Paris before earning a master'sdegree at age 44.
Prayer to Saint Ignatius Loyola:
Dear Saint Ignatius, servant of my God. Help me to be kind and walk in the path of God. Help me in school to try my best and take my studies serious. Help me to be an example to others. Amen.