Aloysius of Gonzaga was born in 1568 as hereditary prince of the Marquis of Mantua-Castiglione and died in Rome in 1591 curing plague patients.
He was brought up piously by his mother from an early age, so that at the age of 10 he vowed eternal chastity to Mary.
In 1585, on the day of the Assumption of Mary, thanks to the influence of Charles Borromeo, he entered the Jesuit order, thus renouncing his right of inheritance. Despite giving up his title, he had to mediate in family disputes.
Saint Aloysius in Sant’Ignazio di Loyola (Rome)
Saint Aloysius in Santo Spirito (Rome)
His spiritual guide, Roberto Bellarmino, noted his penitential and piousness. In strict penitential exercises he received a revelation about his impending death. Which then occurred within a year.
He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726.
Saint Aloysius is the patron of students and young Christians. He is called upon for eye diseases, plague and since the proposal of Pope Paul II in 1991 also against AIDS.
His body rests in Sant’Ignazio di Loyola in Rome.