St Aloysius Gonzaga was a young man from a wealthy background who gave up his family’s wealth in order to serve God as a Jesuit. Whilst training to be a Jesuit, and studying for the priesthood in Rome, he died from the plague which he caught from the people whom he was helping at the time.
His motto was Ad majora natus sum, which means, “I was born for greater things”. In other words, he believed that God had created him for some higher purpose than simply becoming a successful soldier, which is what his father wanted him to be.
He is the patron saint of youth, which is fitting for the patron saint of our school.
His feast day is June 21st.
Did you know… that the Italian for Aloysius is Luigi?