Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish knight from a local noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, who founded the Jesuits and was its first superior general.
Loyola's devotion to the catholic church was characterized by absolute obedience to the Pope.
After being seriously wounded in the battle of Pamplona in 1521, he underwent a spiritual conversion while in recovery. De Vita Christi by Ludolph inspired Loyola to abandon his previous military life and devote himself to labour for God, following the example of spiritual leaders such as Francis of asissi
He experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus while at the shrine of our lady of Monserrat in March 1522.
Between 1524 and 1537, Ignatius studied theology and latin in Spain and then in Paris. In 1534, he arrived in the latter city during a period of anti-Protestant turmoil which forced John Calvin to flee France.
Ignatius is a foremost patriot saint of soldiers, the Society of Jesus, the Basque Country, and the provinces of Guipúzcoa and Biscay.