Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Founder of the Society of Jesus
Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491in to a wealthy noble family. He was educated as knight. Like many young men from his background, Ignatius jointed the army. In May 1521, he was wounded at the battle of Pamplona while fight against France. While Ignatius recovered from his wounds he underwent a spiritual conversion. After reading about the life of Saints and of Christ, Ignatius concluded that his life had been a sham and he decided to reform it. After claim 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 confessing and scourging himself while helping the Sick. He threw himself at the Marcy of God and spent hours in prayer.

During his time of study he collected eight followers who shared his belief, and took his religious vows on 1534. Ignatius placed Education and self-examination as the heart of the Jesuit Movements and today In India, the Society of Jesus, is responsible for more than 150 Schools and Colleges in which over 1,15,000 young people belonging to every social class, community and linguistic group are being educated through the medium of English and different regional languages. These institutions are part of the Catholic Church's effort to share in the country's educational undertaking. This effort while being particularly responsible towards the Christian community has always been at the service of the whole nation.

Ignatius recommended this prayer to penitents: “Receive, Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. You have given me all that I have, all that I am, and I surrender all to your divine will, that you dispose of me. Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask.”