Book of Saints – Aloysius Gonzaga


ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (Saint) (June 21) (16th century) A son of Ferdinand Gonzaga, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire, born March 9, 1568. Such was his piety that Cardinal Bellarmine helieved Aloysius to have passed his whole life without ever grievously offending Almighty God. After serving as a page at the Court of Spain, he in his eighteenth year entered the Society of Jesus, took the vows of religion and received minor Orders. He died of the plague, having contracted the infection while visiting and ministering to the sick (A.D. 1591) at the age of twenty-three. Saint Aloysius is usually represented in art, clad in a surplice, and with a lily and crucifix in his hands or near him. He is Patron Saint of the young. Many churches are dedicated to him in all parts of the world.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Aloysius Gonzaga”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 May 2012. Web. 27 September 2020. <>