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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Jesuit order (Society of Jesus). Originally he was a Basque nobleman and knight, but from his conversion in 1521 he gave up his previous lifestyle. He became an important spiritual leader, and later the founder of the Jesuit order, which played a significant role in the Catholic revival, after the Reformation. The Jesuit order renders multiple services world-wide: they deal with retreats, education, media, social and spiritual services, but they are also open to new opportunities. The motto of the order expresses  adequately the unity between the different scopes of activities: Do it all for the greater glory of God (Ad maiorem Deigloriam). Protection of faith, serving others and promotion of justice plays primary role in its mission. From the beginning, as a missionary order, Jesuits paid great attention to various areas such as dialogue between different cultures or religions. At the time of Ignatius, the Jesuits considered teaching and education as the most effective ways of Catholic revival. This point of view has not changed, which is marked by Jesuit secondary schools, universities, colleges all over the world.

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