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St. Aloysius Gonzaga was born in Italy with holiness on his lips. His first words were the names of Jesus and his mother Mary. His holiness continued throughout his childhood when he made a vow of virginity at only age 9. In order to keep his vow, he would keep his eyes down and avoid even looking at any women with which he made contact. He also received his first Holy Communion from St. Charles Borromeo!
Aloysius was sickly throughout his life--a kidney disease prevented him from being very social. He instead spent his time in prayer and in study of the lives of the saints.
At age 18, Aloysius joined the Jesuits, despite his father’s initial disapproval. As a Jesuit, he spent time serving the poor and the sick during a plague which hit Milan in 1587. He was eventually ordered by his superiors, along with other Jesuits, to depart so as not to become infected themselves. However, Aloysius refused to leave and continued caring for the sick. He eventually contracted the disease himself and died at age 23, after receiving the Last Rites from St. Robert Bellarmine.
Just as Jesus’ name was one of the first words of St. Aloysius, so was it the last word he ever spoke.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga has given his name to many institutions like Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Preparatory School, and St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School in Spokane, Washington, as well as Gonzaga College and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and Gonzaga College in Dublin Ireland.
St. Aloysius is the patron saint of young students, plague victims, AIDS sufferers and their caregivers, and the town of Valmontone, Italy.
- Feast Day: June 21