Celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius, July 31

Join the campus community in a celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius on Monday, July 31, at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. 

Mass will begin at noon and be presided by Rev. Jim Pribek, S.J. A light lunch will follow in the Gratitude Garden. 

St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491 and died on July 31, 1556. When he was a youth, he joined the Spanish army, and his bravado led him to sustain a life-threatening injury. During his recovery, he was led by God to change his priorities from serving the Spanish king to Christ the King. Needing an education to be a credible preacher and teacher, he went to the University of Paris for a degree in theology. There, he inspired six companions to join him as a religious community. The Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, was approved in September 1540. 

In 1548, Ignatius was invited to open a school in Messina, Sicily. The school was such a success that people from all over Europe asked the Jesuits to open schools for their children. The tradition continues today with Jesuit universities, Jesuit high schools, Cristo Rey schools and Nativity middle schools in the United States.

We gather to celebrate the life and ministry of St. Ignatius Loyola and his inspiration, which animates our work at Marquette.