Ignatius of Loyola
Saint Ignatius of Loyola Basque: Ignazio Loiolakoa, Spanish: Ignacio de Loyola; c October 23, 14911 – July 31, 1556 was a Spanish priest and theologian, who founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus Jesuits and became its first Superior General2 The Jesuit order served the Pope as missionaries, and they were bound by a vow of absolute obedience to the Pope3 They therefore emerged as an important political force during the time of the Counter-Reformation
Ignatius is remembered as a talented spiritual director He recorded his method in a celebrated treatise called the Spiritual Exercises, a simple set of meditations, prayers, and other mental exercises, first published in 1548
Ignatius was beatified in 1609, and then canonized, receiving the title of Saint on March 12, 1622 His feast day is celebrated on July 31 He is the patron saint of the provinces of Gipuzkoa and Biscay as well as the Society of Jesus, and was declared patron saint of all spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922 Ignatius is also a foremost patron saint of soldiers4
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