St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius was born in 1491 at the castle of Loyola, Spain. As a young man, Ignatius was inflamed by the ideals of courtly love and knighthood and dreamt of doing great deeds.
But in 1521, Ignatius was gravely wounded in the battle at Pamplona with the French. Over the years, Ignatius became an expert in the art of spiritualism.With a small group of friends,Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuitsin the year 1540.
He believed in the education of children and youth. He realized that education was essential for the overall development of a human beings. Hence, in his lifetime, the Society of Jesus began to educate children and youth through its schools. By the year 1565, there were 30 colleges in Italy and 150 schools by 1581. He died on 31st July, 1556. He was beatified by Pope Paul V on 27th July, 1609, and canonized by Pope Gregory XV on 22nd May, 1622.

His motto of life was,

"All for the Greater Glory of God".


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