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What is 'Ignatian'?  


Ignatian’ refers to a person – Ignatius of Loyola. He was born the son to a noble family in Basque, Spain, around 1491. As a young man he was inspired to be a person of valor and to seek fortune and honour. 

However, after being injured during a siege at a battle between the Spanish and the French, he experienced a dramatic conversion during his convalescence.

The values that he previously held were transformed, and he became driven by a deep desire to share his love of Jesus with the far outreaches of the world. He co-founded a religious order in 1540 – the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), and developed a spirituality that has been influential for many lay people and religious.

Life of St. Ignatius