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St. Ignatius of Loyola

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St. Ignatius of LoyolaThe following article was written by Brother Jim Boynton, one of two Jesuits from our St. Ignatius Loyola Parish family. Brother Jim and his uncle, Fr. Bill Goudreau, who is serving in India, a priest for more than 50 years, are both significant parts of our parish history!

St. Ignatius Loyola

July 31st is the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, the patron saint of our parish. Ignatius was the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), the religious order which founded our parish over 300 years ago.

As a young man, Ignatius lived a rather wild life, but through a conversion experience, he dedicated himself to God.

While first doing this, he secluded himself in a cave and denied himself all worldly pleasures. What is interesting to note is that he eventually progressed beyond this. He realized that externals were not important in following Christ. Ignatius then relaxed and embraced the world that God had made. At his death he implored his followers to find God in all things, and in all things to bring glory to God. Most often these are ideas rather than material possessions. So, ... let us use Ignatius as our model in following Christ. [May we] realize that externals are not the signs of following Christ and, like Ignatius, that our faith life is continually progressing.

A few details

Born
1491 in the Castle of Loyola, Guipuzcoa, Spain
Spiritual Conversion
1521-22, after reading "Lives of the Saints" while convalescing from battle wounds
Founded the Society of Jesus
(the Jesuits) 1540, approved by Pope Paul III
Died
31 July 1556 at Rome

For more information about St. Ignatius of Loyola, check these two links:

Patron Saints page at Catholic Forum

Catholic Encyclopedia, St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola
Painting located at St. Ignatius Church, St. Ignace

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