Lex asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

how did Ignatius Loyola's experiences impact the foundtion of the Jesuits?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Saint Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) was a Roman Catholic religious leader who founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. In 1521, while recovering from severe wounds from fighting the French he read a book about the life of Jesus and stories about the saints. He became convinced that he should give up his life of pleasure and his life as a soldier. After he recovered he joined the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat near Barcelona in Spain. There he decided to dedicate himself to a spiritual life. For much of 1522 and 1523 he lived in a cave where he prayed and subjected himself to many physical discomforts. Loyola prepared himself for the priesthood by studying humanities and theology in Paris from 1528 to 1535. In 1534 he and several other men formed the Society of Jesus. Ignatius was ordained a priest in 1537. He and the other Jesuits went to Rome to offer their services to the Pope. On the way he had a vision from Christ. Pope Paul III approved the Society of Jesus in 1540 with Ignatius becoming the first "Superior General" or head. He also wrote the order's constitutions which established the Jesuit's organization. Under his leadership, the Jesuits helped reform the Church during the Counter Reformation. He died in 1556 and was canonized a saint in 1622. I hope that this has been a help to you.

    Source(s): World Book Encyclopedia
  • Squorn
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    9 years ago

    Ignatius Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus.

  • 9 years ago

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