Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola Celebration

Please join the Marquette University community in this celebration

Monday August 3, 2015
11:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Family
Reception to follow in Westowne Square

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St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491 and died on this day in 1556. When he was a youth, he joined the Spanish army and his bravado led him to sustain a life-threatening injury. During his recovery, he was led by God to change his priorities from serving the Spanish king to Christ the King. Needing an education to be a credible preacher and teacher, he went to the University of Paris for a degree in theology. There, he inspired six companions to join him as a religious community. The Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, was approved in September 1540.

In 1548, Ignatius was invited to open a school in Messina, Sicily. The school was such a success that people from all over Europe asked the Jesuits to open schools for their children. The tradition continues today with Jesuit universities, Jesuit high schools, Cristo Rey schools and Nativity middle schools in the United States.

On August 3, we gather to celebrate the life and ministry of St. Ignatius Loyola and also his inspiration, which animates our work at Marquette.

Saint Ignatius holding a book

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