Saint Iggy and the Jesuits

St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuit Order

This timeline follows the life of Inigo de Loyola better known today as Saint Ignatius of Loyola. From his noble birth to the founding of the Society of Jesus to his cannonization, Saint Iggy as he is lovingly referred to by some, lived an amazing life that still impacts the world today.

Inigo Goes Back to School

Leaving Manresa, "Ignatius arrives in Jerusalem in 1523 but is forced to leave by the Franciscan custodians, who wisely perceived such a strong-willed pilgrim as a liability" (Maher).

Death of Ignatius

When Ignatius passed away, there were 1,000 men in the Jesuit Order, over 33 schools, and missions in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and North America.

Ignatius is Ordained a Priest

After graduation, Ignatius and his companions were ordained priests in Venice while awaiting passage to the Holy Land. (O'Malley 2). Because of political turmoil at the time, Ignatius' plans fail again and he and his companions travel to Rome.

Inigo Meets his Companions and Becomes Ignatius.

While enrolled at the University of Paris, Inigo befriended fellow "friends of the lord" Pierre Favre, Franscisco Xavier, Diego Lainez, Alfonso Salmeron, Nicolas Bobadilla, and Simao Rodriguez. (O'Malley, 1.) It is during this time he officially becomes "Ignatius" leaving behind his given name of "Inigo". (Maher.)

Ignatius is elected first Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Ignacio was elected the first superior general on April 19, 1541, a position he held until his death in 1556.

The Jesuit Mission Continues

Today, the Jesuit order continues to make a difference throughout the world.

Works Cited

All information found in the timeline was based on the information found in the following sources:

Ignatius and Francis Xavier Become the First Jesuit Saints

Pope Gregory XV canonized Ignatius and Francis Xavier on March 12, 1622. (Bsindelar).

The Society of Jesus is Approved by Pope Paul III

"On September 27, 1540, the Society of Jesus officially came into existence" (O'Malley 3).

The Cave at Manresa and The Spiritual Exercises

After laying down his sword in Monsterrat, Inigo travels to Manresa. He spends months there in a cave where he lives a very simple life of prayer, fasting, and the denial of any comfort.

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