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Meet St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Jesuit tradition of Saint Louis University dates much earlier than SLU's own founding in 1818. Read on for more information about St. Ignatius of Loyola.

St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus, an order of Catholic priests and brothers that have created the largest global network of colleges, schools, and universities known for academic excellence. St. Ignatius was born in 1491 and died in 1556. St. Ignatius' feast day is July 31.

Learn more about St. Ignatius' life from Mark Lewis, S.J., rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Father Lewis, a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern (UCS) Province, has served at the Gregorian, a Jesuit-run, ecclesiastical university, since 2019.

St. Ignatius Video Library

Overview of the Life of St. Ignatius

Conversion Experience at Manresa

The Spiritual Exercises and the Mission of the Jesuits


St. Ignatius in Rome