The Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

July 31, 2015 — Today, July 31, is the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus who passed away 459 years ago on this day in the year 1556. 

Born in 1491, Ignatius was a different kind of saint. As the noted Jesuit historian Fr. John O’Malley, SJ, observed, "Ignatius redefined the traditional basis of saintliness," which usually involved a degree of unworldliness. In contrast, Fr. O'Malley refers to Ignatius as a "worldly saint." Ignatius made sure that the early Jesuits were spending most of their time in relatively secular spaces such as classrooms — teaching less directly about the Bible and Church doctrine than about literature and the ancient classics. He sent letters to his missionaries asking that they write back not just about their ministries, but also about the local customs, the plants and wild life — "anything that seems extraordinary." Most of all, Ignatius wanted Jesuits to go out and "find God in all things."





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Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

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