Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Feast of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga
The Vocation of Saint Aloysius by Guercino
We might note that it is the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the young 16th century Jesuit. Born in 1568 into the prominent noble Italian family of Gonzaga, he spurned the excesses of the court, and joined the Society of Jesus at the tender age of 16. St. Aloysius died during an outbreak of the plague in Rome during the year 1591AD.
Today, he is buried in the marvelous Baroque Jesuit Church of Sant'Ignazio in Rome: Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio
For more on this great saint, you might note:
Old Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Catholic Saints Info: St. Aloysius Gonzaga