About Ignatius Loyola

      Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491 to a noble Basque family in Northern Spain. During his youth, he served as a soldier in the Spanish army and had the experience of life at the royal court of King Ferdinand. In 1521, while defending the castle of Pamplona against the French, a cannon ball

shattered his leg.

     It was during painful convalescence that he experienced an inner transformation that made him renounce his ambitions of Knightly glory and dedicate himself to love and service. When he went to Manresa. He spent a few months in a cave living of intense Prayer, mortification and reflection on the life and teaching of Jesus. All this experience helped him to dedicate himself fully to the service of God and his people.

     In his attempt to share his spiritual experience with others Ignatius felt the need for good education and went to Spain and later to the University of Paris. He gathered a group of friends and followers. Finally, in Rome, in 1540, Ignatius formally founded the Society of Jesus and his companions came to be known as Jesuits. Ignatius passed away at the age of 66 on July 31, 1556.
Today the Jesuits are spread all over the world committed to a life of service of people through different types of works. Loyola P.U College is one such institution managed by the Jesuits of Karnataka.