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Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - July 31, 1556), a Spanish knight from a Basque noble family, founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1540 and was its first Superior General. Ignatius emerged as a religious leader during the Counter Reformation. Loyola's devotion to the Catholic Church was characterized by unquestioning obedience to the Catholic Church's authority represented by the Pope. St Ignatius died on July 31, 1556, was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609, canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, and declared patron of all spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Ignatius' feast day is celebrated on July 31.
Ignatius is the foremost patron saint of soldiers and of the Society of Jesus. In the college, his feast is celebrated on 30 July every year.
A celebration begins with garlanding the portrait of St. Ignatius and lighting the lamp. Then the gathering is acquainted with the life of St. Ignatius and the relevance of the St. Ignatius in our lives. The function ends with a song 'Ignatius Saw the Stars at Night....' which is sung by the college choir.
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