Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

Born: December 24, 1491

Died: July 31, 1556

Nationality: Spanish

Occupation: Clergyman

Biography: Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish knight from a Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, who founded the Society of Jesus and was its first Superior General. Ignatius emerged as a religious leader during the Counter-Reformation. Loyola's devotion to the Catholic Church was characterized by unquestioning obedience to the Catholic Church's authority and hierarchy.