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Saint Ignatius Loyola

  • Short, concise biography of Ignatius Loyola
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Ignatius Loyola
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Ignatius Loyola
  • What is Saint Ignatius Loyola the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Ignatius Loyola is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Ignatius Loyola - the founder of the Jesuits

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Ignatius Loyola
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of the Jesuit Order and Retreats
  • Born: 24 December 1491 in Azpeitia at the castle of Loyola in the Kingdom of Navarre, Spain
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: July 31st
  • Date of Death: Saint Ignatius Loyola died July 31, 1556
  • Cause of Death: Natural Causes
  • The monogram of the Jesuit order, I. H. S. (an acronym of the Latin: Iesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus, Saviour of man)

Who or what is Saint Ignatius Loyola the patron saint of?
Saint Ignatius Loyola is the patron of the Jesuit Order and Retreats. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to St. Ignatius of Loyola - Patron Saint of Retreats

The Story and History of Ignatius Loyola
The story and history of Ignatius Loyola. Ignatius Loyola was born as Inigo Lopez de Recalde on  24 December 1491 in Azpeitia at the castle of Loyola in the Kingdom of Navarre, Spain. He was the son of a wealthy and noble family, the youngest of twelve children. Inigo adopted the last name "de Loyola" for the city of his birth. His privileged background enabled him to have a good education and his connections gave him access to Spanish and Portuguese royalty. He started life as a page at the Spanish court and went on to become a soldier. His life as a soldier led to an increased faith and he undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He then attended the University of Paris to study theology and during this time met many people including Francis Xavier. As a result of his studies Ignatius Loyola became the main founder and initial Superior General of the Society of Jesus. The Society of Jesus, members were later called the Jesuits, was a Catholic religious missionary organization directly serving the Pope. It was an exiting time in history, the golden Age of Exploration, when great Spanish and Portuguese explorers travelled to the Indies, China and the New World. The new discoveries brought untold riches in terms of gold and silver and spices but it also brought power and influence. The idea of spreading the Catholic religion to heathen races was seen as a primary reason for the Spanish Explorers and Portuguese to undertake voyages of discovery and received the blessing of the Pope. Ignatius Loyola was based in Rome, as Superior General of the Society of Jesus and sent his followers around Europe to create schools, colleges and seminaries for the order. He also encouraged his followers to serve as missionaries in foreign lands. Ignatius Loyola died in Rome on July 31, 1556 of a chronic stomach ailment.

Death of Saint Ignatius Loyola
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Ignatius Loyola died in A.D. 1556. Cause of Death: Natural Causes. 

Why is Saint Ignatius Loyola the patron of the Jesuit Order and Retreats?
Why is Saint Ignatius Loyola is the patron of the Jesuit Order and Retreats? Because he was the the founder of the Jesuits, or Society of Jesus.

How Saint Ignatius Loyola is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Ignatius Loyola in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Ignatius Loyola is represented in Christian Art by the monogram of the Jesuit order, I. H. S. (an acronym of the Latin: Iesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus, Saviour of man); sometimes surrounded by a glory in the sky; sometimes on a tablet borne by angels. In effigies of the saint, the heart crowned with thorns, symbolical of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is his peculiar attribute; being also the device of the order.

Feast Day of Saint Ignatius Loyola
The Feast Day of Saint Ignatius Loyola is July 31st. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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