June 21: Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Published June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Christina Hermoso

On Sunday, June 21, is the feast day of a popular Roman Catholic Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of the Christian youth.

Roman Catholic Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (Flickr / MANILA BULLETIN)
Roman Catholic Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

The revered Italian saint remains well venerated in many countries including the Philippines.

In Rome, Italy, pilgrims and devotees visit the Church of St. Ignatius, where the well-venerated saint was buried.

Born on March 9, 1568 in a castle in Castiglione, Italy, St. Aloysius’ first spoken words were the holy names of Jesus and Mary. He taught catechism to poor children and was a great devotee of the Blessed Mother.

In 1591, while serving the sick as a Jesuit student during a plague in Milan, Italy, he contracted the disease and died at the young age of 23.

St. Robert Bellarmine, his confessor and author of his biography said, “The youth can learn from St. Aloysius’ example of humility, selflessness, compassion, and complete detachment from material wealth.”

Canonized on December 31, 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII, the pontiff declared him as the patron saint of young students in 1729.

In 1926, St. Aloysius was named as the patron saint of the Christian youth by Pope Pius XI.