All about St. Ignatius of Loyola

by Elizabeth

I’m sure by the time that this is posted, St. Peter’s will be a zoo. We’ll have students running in and out packing up supplies, food and college students for our annual New Student Retreat. You’ll hear next week about our retreat on our blog, so make sure you check back!

Anyways, when I was part of the leadership team for the Awakening retreat, we all received St. Ignatius medals to wear for the weekend. We were told that he was the patron saint of retreats and I’m sure we kept him busy with prayers all weekend!

Here are some quick facts about St. Ignatius:

  • He was born in 1491 and served as a Spanish officer for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
  • He underwent a spiritual conversion after being injured in the Battle of Paploma in 1521.
  • He noted his spiritual experiences and they grew into the little book of “The Spiritual Exercises”
  • In 1539 he formed the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits
  • He was beatified in 1609 and canonized in 1622.

Coming up next we’ll have a reflection from Father Anthony, a recap of New Student Retreat and a post from a member of Knights of Columbus! Have a great weekend.


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