Celebrating the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Ignatius of Loyola was a searcher -- seeking to find his place in the world.  Born in 1491, Ignatius wanted to be a knight, until a cannonball at Pamplona destroyed that dream.  So he sought a different path that led him to a life devoted to God.  Sitting next to the River Cardoner at the small town of Manresa in Spain, Ignatius had an ephiphany that allowed him to undertand the relationship he had with God and the his role on this earth. From that point on, he dedicated his life to 'saving souls.'  Gathering a group of spiritual companions he had met at University of  Paris, he founded the Jesuits.   This order became, and still is, the largest religious order in the Church. 

We are grateful for St Ignatius of Loyola and his Jesuit companions for establishing the educational network of schools around the world, helping form men and women for and with others.  And we thank Ignatius for introducing us to a spirituality that allows us to find God in all things.  

Loyola University New Orleans is one of 28 Jesuits universities in the United States, and we are proud to celebrate the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola on July 31 with our fellow Jesuit community at Loyola and with all the Jesuits around the world.  Happy Feast Day!