Ignatius of Loyola Timeline

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  • 1491 - 1556
    Life of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
  • 1508 - 1521
    Loyola serves as a soldier until wounded at the Battle of Pamplona.
  • 1521
    Loyola becomes convinced he is called to serve God.
  • 1522 - 1534
    Loyola travels as a Christian ascetic, studies theology and Latin.
  • 1534
    Loyola enrolls at the University of Paris; meets the six men with whom he will found the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
  • 1540
    The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) are approved by Pope Paul III.
  • 1548
    Loyola publishes his Spiritual Exercises, a manual of self-discipline for those wishing to join the Jesuits.
  • 1556
    Loyola dies of malaria.
  • 1622
    Loyola is canonized as Saint Ignatius of Loyola.