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1: St. Ignatius was his name, or he was called Ignatius of Loyola. Either way he was a famous man for creating the Society of Jesus. I think I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s go back, back in time to 1491. Yes the day was December 24 or was it the 25.. no, no the 24 was right. That is the day the great Ignatius was was born. His family was a wealthy one, a family of nobles.

2: Later on in his life ignite (that is what he was called as a child before he became Ignatius.) he decided he wanted to be a knight. so he went into training. A long and brutal time later he was out of training and went into the army. After a long period of time and many battles on something happened. Something so terrible that it changed his life for ever...

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4: The Battle of Pamplona, this was were Ignatius was fighting against the French. During this battle Ignatius was severally injured. He had to go into recovery for a long period of time. During his recovery he went into a spiritual conversion. He had studied about the saints and of Christ, Loyola concluded that his life had been a sham and he decided to reform it.

6: After claiming to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus he went to the shrine of Our Lady at Montserrat in Aragon and became a hermit living in a cave near Mantua in 1522. He spent his time in rags confessing and scourging himself whilst helping the sick.

7: "I will follow like a puppy dog if I can only find a way to salvation." Loyola threw himself at the mercy of God. He devoted hours each day to prayer and when he was not doing this he tended to the sick and poor. In 1523, Loyola travelled to the Holy Land in an attempt to convert the Moors. However, he was sent back by the Franciscans to Italy.

8: Loyola spent the next seven years learning Theology and Latin at Barcelona, Alcala and Salamanca universities and after this Loyola went to the college of Montaigu in Paris. He arrived in Paris at the same time as John Calvin was leaving!

10: His university education ended in 1535. During his time of studying Loyola collected eight followers who shared his beliefs. In August 1534, they swore obedience to the Pope and also took vows of poverty and chastity. Loyola and his followers determined to dedicate their lives as missionaries to the Holy Land.

12: On September 27th, 1540, the Society for Jesus received formal recognition from Pope Paul III. Loyola had been ordained as a priest in 1537 and he spent much time in Rome where he organised the work of the Jesuits as the order’s first General. Loyola had become convinced that he could not do his work within an existing order, hence his determination to start his own.

13: Loyola ensured that the Jesuit movement was highly disciplined and that all followers knew by heart his ‘Spiritual Exercises’ and ‘Constitution’. Education and self-examination were at the heart of the movement and after years of training, a Jesuit was considered fully prepared to carry out his work in the world.

14: By the time of Loyola’s death in 1556, there were an estimated 1,000 Jesuits organised into eleven units. Nine of these units were in Europe, one was in Brazil and the other was in the Far East.

16: He spent his time in rags confessing and scourging himself whilst helping the sick. "I will follow like a puppy dog if I can only find a way to salvation." Loyola threw himself at the mercy of God. He devoted hours each day to prayer and when he was not doing this he tended to the sick and poor. In 1523, Loyola travelled to the Holy Land in an attempt to convert the Moors.

21: However, he was sent back by the Franciscans to Italy. Loyola spent the next seven years learning Theology and Latin at Barcelona, Alcala and Salamanca universities and after this Loyola went to the college of Montaigu in Paris. He arrived in Paris at the same time as John Calvin was leaving!

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