Luigi De Gonzaga

Luigi de Gonzaga an Italian saint, was born March 9, 1568, at Castiglione, being the son of Ferdinand of Gonzaga, marquis of Castiglione. After being educated at the court of Francis de Medicis, he went to Spain with his father, where Philip II gave him as a page to prince James. In 1585, leaving his worldly goods to his brother Rodolph, he entered upon the novitiate of the Jesuits at Rome. He died June 20, 1591, and was buried in the Church of the Annunciation, but some time later his body was transferred to a chapel which had been built under his invocation by the marquis Scipio Lancelloti.

He was beatified in 1621 by Gregory XV, and canonized in 1726 by Benedict XIII. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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