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Jesuits honor their founder

Miami's Jesuit community celebrates Mass at Gesu on St. Ignatius of Loyola's feast day

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Teresa Martinez - Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

TERESA MARTINEZ | Belen Jesuit Prep
Father Eddy Alvarez blesses the congregation with a relic of St. Ignatius Loyola at the end of the Mass.
MIAMI | Hundreds gathered at Gesu Church in downtown Miami for a Mass in honor of the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola on July 31.

“This is a special occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of Ignatian spirituality and for over 115 years of Jesuit presence in Miami,” said Jesuit Father Pedro A. Suarez, president of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. “Gesu Catholic Church opened in 1896 by the Society of Jesus and as the city of Miami grew and expanded so did the Jesuits and their mission of educating others.”

The main celebrant of the Mass was Jesuit Father Eddy Alvarez, pastor of Gesu Church, and the homilist was Jesuit Father Eduardo Najarro, who is a theologian and professor at the Major Seminary in Santo Domingo.

St. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1540. He was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. A former Spanish soldier, St. Ignatius is the patron saint of military personnel and the Society of Jesus.

TERESA MARTINEZ | Belen Jesuit Prep
Hundreds gathered for the noon Mass at Gesu on the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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