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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus; he created an order which has created innovators and thinkers, and spread faith and charity across the globe.

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Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

Alphonsus Rodriguez had a family of his own before entering the Jesuits as a Brother. He radiated a calm sense of holiness in his role as porter and doorkeeper in Majorca.

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Giuseppe Castiglione

In Church missions there is often a clash of cultures between that of the missionary and that of the people to whom he brings the Gospel. For a missionary, finding a middle ground can be important in order to best communicate across this culture gap, and this is not always found through religion. A celebrated artist, Giuseppe Castiglione SJ achieved ...

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Peter Kenney

Peter Kenney was an Irish Jesuit credited with restoring the Society of Jesus in Ireland after their suppression, as well as with establishing several colleges and devoting much of his life to the education of youth.

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John Corridan

John Corridan challenged corrupt union officials and Irish gangsters on the docks of New York City in the 1940s and 1950s, giving voice to the plight of the ordinary dock workers.

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Saint Peter Claver

Spaniard Peter Claver dedicated his life to the needs of the slaves in South America, and he was declared the patron saint of missionary work among all African peoples.

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Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Italian Aloysius Gonzaga rejected high social rank to look after the sick and dying in Rome. He is the patron saint of young students and of all Christian youth.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Born an Anglican, Gerard Manley Hopkins was later received into the Catholic Church by theologian John Henry Newman. Hopkins was one of the most important poets of his time.

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Guy Consolmagno

Guy Consolmagno is a Jesuit brother and director of the Vatican Observatory. In an interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, he discusses the relationship between religion and science.

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Anthony de Mello

Anthony de Mello was a well-known spiritual teacher who conducted retreats and melded eastern and western traditions. His books on spirituality continue to be popular today.

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