Ignatius of Loyola


Ignatius of Loyola (l. 1491-1556) was a Basque soldier who became a Catholic priest and theologian after a mystical experience convinced him he was called to the service of Christ. He founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) to defend the Church and spread its message and was one of the leading figures of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

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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.