St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius of Loyola (October 23, 1491 – July 31, 1556) was a Spanish Basque priest and theologian, who founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and became its first Superior General. St. Ignatius is remembered as a talented spiritual director. He recorded his method in a celebrated treatise called the Spiritual Exercises, a simple set of meditations, prayers, and other mental exercises, first published in 1548.
Feast Day: July 31
Patron: The Society of Jesus, soldiers, military, educators and education