Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1556)

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, in Spain, was the founder of the Society of Jesus. He was born in 1491, one year before America was discovered. He died in 1556, at the age of sixty-five. He was at first a page at a royal court in Spain. He was then a soldier and was wounded in battle. When he recovered, because of his reading of the lives of the saints while in bed, he decided to dedicate himself to becoming a soldier of the Catholic Faith. His most astounding literary work is his book, The Spiritual Exercises, which has been the food and nourishment of countless souls since his time. There are one hundred and thirty-three members of the Society of Jesus who have been declared blessed by the Holy See. There are thirty-eight members of the Society of Jesus, including Saint Ignatius, who have been canonized as saints. Their names are: Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Francis Borgia, Saint Francis Hieronomo, Saint John Francis Regis, Saint Peter Canisius, Saint Robert Bellarmine, Saint John Berchmans, Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, Saint Peter Claver, Saint Paul Miki, Saint James Kisai, Saint John de Goto, Saint Isaac Jogues, Saint John de Brebeuf, Saint Rene Goupil, Saint Noel Chabanel, Saint Charles Garnier, Saint Anthony Daniel, Saint John de Lalande, Saint Gabriel Lalemant, Saint Andrew Bobola, Saint Bernardine Realino, Saint John de Britto, Saint Joseph Mary Pignatelli, Saint Edmund Campion, Saint Alexander Briant, Saint Robert Southwell, Saint Henry Morse, Saint Nicholas Owen. Saint Thomas Garnet, Saint Henry Walpole, Saint Edmund Arrowsmith, Saint Philip Evans, Saint David Lewis, Saint John Ogilvie.

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See also: Saint Ignatius of Loyola or In the Company of Ignatius