Ignatius of Loyola Azpeitia, Basque Country, — Rome, 31 July was a Basque soldier and then a priest who became a religious leader during the Counter-Reformation. His devotion to the Catholic Church was characterized by absolute obedience to the Pope. He founded the Society of Jesus and became its first Superior General. It prospered to the point that it had around one thousand members in more than one hundred houses — most of them colleges and training houses — distributed in twelve provinces at the time of his death. His Spiritual Exercises, published in , had a remarkable influence upon the subsequent spirituality as a tool for discernment. The Catholic Church canonized him in , and Pius XI declared him the patron of spiritual retreats in
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She lived a life which was austere and simple, and many miracles were attributed to her, as well as levitation , ecstasy , bilocation , the stigmata , clairvoyance and healing, among others. The cause for her canonization has been submitted to the Holy See for review. She was of possible Guanche ancestry. She was their youngest child, having two sisters and a brother. According to the chronicles of the time, she was a woman of delicate features and a sweet face. Peter in her hometown.
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