saint Ignatius of Loyola was canonised the title of a saint on the 12th of march 1622 Ignatius is the saint of the society of Jesus he is also the patron saint of the Basque provinces of Gipuzkoa and Biscay and was declared the patron saint of all spiritual retreats created by Pope Pius XI in 1922
The society of Jesus otherwise known as the Jesuits was officialized in Rome by Pope Paul III The Society of Jesus played a big part in the Counter reformation and they succeeded in getting millions from all around the world to become catholic The Jesuits also ran a bunch of charitable organisations such as one for converted Jews. When Saint Ignatius died in July 1556 there were more than 1,000 Jesuit priests.
The Spiritual Exercises grew out of Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience as a man seeking to grow in union with God and to discern God’s will. He kept a journal as he gained spiritual insight and deepened his spiritual experience. He added to these notes as he directed other people and discovered what “worked.” Eventually Ignatius gathered these prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully designed framework of a retreat, which he called “spiritual exercises.”