St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491 in the Basque region of Spain and died on July 31 in 1556. As a young man, he joined the Spanish army until his bravado led him to sustain a life-threatening injury when his leg was shattered by a cannonball. During his recovery, he was led by God to change his priorities from serving the Spanish king to Christ the King. Realizing that he needed an education to be a credible preacher and teacher, he went to the University of Paris for a degree in theology. There, he inspired six companions who would join him in a new religious community to “help souls.” The Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, was approved in September 1540. In 1548, Ignatius was invited to open a school in Messina, Sicily. The school was such a success that people from all over Europe asked the Jesuits to open schools for their children. The tradition continues today with Jesuit universities, Jesuit high schools, Cristo Rey schools and Nativity middle schools in the United States.
You are welcome to join the community as we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius Loyola.
Monday, July 31: Mass – 12:05 p.m. – In Saint Francis Chapel
Rev. Martin Connell, S.J., presiding
Picnic Lunch – Noon – 2:00 p.m. – On the Quad
(In case of rain: LSC Conference Room)
RSVP for lunch (required) by July 27: RSVP here