Today in History: Ignatius of Loyola

| July 31, 2018

180730_News_219x365Founder of the Jesuit order of Roman Catholic missionaries and educators, Ignatius of Loyola died of malaria in Rome on July 31st, 1556. Ignatius came from a prominent Spanish family and was trained as a knight. While in convalescence from war injuries, he began reading the Bible and pursued higher religious studies in Barcelona, Alcala, and Paris, determined to become a priest and grow the Society of Jesus. He founded Rome College, later known as Gregorian University; the Germanicum, a school for German priests; and many charitable organizations — all of which saw the importance of education. Ignatius of Loyola was canonized as a saint in 1622 and to this day Jesuit education remains strong throughout the world.

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