• 31 Jul 20

Jul 31 - “St. Ignatius Loyola” © retablos art by Br. Arturo Olivas, OFS. Happy Feast Day St. Ignatius!

San Ignacio de Loyola was a 16th century soldier of Basque noble descent. After being wounded in battle he underwent a spiritual conversion while convalescing. San Ignacio became a priest with hopes of becoming a missionary in Palestine. He founded a religious order based on his Spiritual Exercises. His order, the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits, became known for their missionary work and developed a reputation for political intrigue.

In New Mexico San Ignacio is embraced as the patron of the secretive Brothers of Our Father Jesus the Nazarene, a lay organization commonly known as the Penitentes dedicated to prayer and penance. He was also appealed to as a patron of repentance, return to the sacraments, and against illness and witchcraft.