Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) was trained as a page at the court of Castile. Wounded at the
siege of Pamplona in 1521, he underwent a deep conversion, eventually travelling to
Jerusalem and beginning to study. He attracted like-minded students and in 1534 they took
vows and formed the 'Society of Jesus', popularly known as the Jesuits. From 1540 he was
elected Superior General and lived in Rome, organising the astonishing spread of the
Jesuits. He was canonized in 1622.