From a soldier in the Spanish army, Saint Ignatius of Loyola became a soldier for Jesus. In this journey, he showed courage and determination not to give up. His great love for Jesus and his profound spirituality still inspire many people.
He is the founder of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits, who are a group of priests with the same aim as Ignatius’s. Besides the homes they have where they live together under the votes of obedience, poverty, chastity and a special vote of total obedience to the Pope, the Jesuits also have a number of retreat houses, including one in Malta and another one in Gozo. These are places where men and women spend some days in prayer and to further their knowledge of Christian teachings. The Jesuits also run St Aloysius College in Birkirkara. Furthermore, one of our educational colleges is named after the Jesuit founder: St Ignatius College.
Pope Francis is a Jesuit.
Saint Ignatius was a soldier, but he always loved Jesus. He used to fight with the Spanish army but once he got injured. After being injured he started reading more about Jesus and the saints and he realised that they are Heroes as well! Therefore, he wished to become a soldier of Jesus by teaching, praying and living a good life!