Spokane is uniquely blessed with four apostolic works named for the same person, St. Aloysius Gonzaga: Gonzaga University, St. Aloysius Church and School, and Gonzaga Preparatory School. The four organizations will jointlycelebrate the Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of youth, on Thursday, June 21.

The 16th-century Italian Jesuit saint descended from a noble Renaissance family and was a page at the court of Francesco de Medici. Aloysius Gonzaga entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1585. Later, while a seminarian in plague-stricken Rome, he attended to the sick and dying. As a result of hisheroic service, Aloysius Gonzaga died of exhaustion on June 21, 1591, at age 21. He was declared the patron saint of youth in 1726.

This feast day provides the opportunity for all four Spokane entities within theSociety of Jesus (the Jesuits) to celebrate our common heritage and patron.

Festivities begin June 21 with the third annual Mass to mark the Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga at noon in St. Aloysius Church, concelebrated by: Jesuit Revs. Richard Case, pastor of St. Aloysius Church; Frank Case, vice president of University Ministry at Gonzaga University; and homilist Kevin Connell, principal of Gonzaga Prep. The Mass is open to the St. Aloysius Church Parish, employees of all four entities, students at the three schools, Gonzaga University Heritage Society Members, and selected benefactors and members of volunteer boards for all four entities, including the University’s Alumni Board and its boards of Trustees and Regents.

Following the Mass, a barbecue will be held at Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall from 1-3 p.m., which is part of the University’s 125th Anniversary celebration that was launched May 13 when Most Rev. Desmond Tutu delivered a memorable keynote address at Senior Commencement.

Members of all four apostolic ministries or “works” are cordially invited to these events. Due to space constraints, the events are not open to the public. RSVP required by June 14 to attend the barbecue. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Shanea Giroux via e-mail or at (509) 313-6191.


Peter Tormey


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