St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a young Jesuit. He had many health issues, including kidney and skin diseases. When a plague broke out in Rome in 1591, he volunteered to care for the sick, even though he found the work difficult. He eventually died from the plague.
His feast day is June 21.
Patron Saint of …
St. Aloysius Gonzaga is the patron saint of young Christians, Jesuit scholastics, the blind, and those with AIDS and their caregivers.
Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
- First Reading – 1 John 5:1-5: “In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 16: “You are my inheritance, O Lord.”
- Gospel – Matthew 22:34-40: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.”
Quote and Social Media Graphic
Dear young people, let us ask for the grace of a new heart through the intercession of your patron St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a courageous young man who never retreated from serving others, to the point of giving his life to care for plague victims. May the Lord change our hearts!Pope Francis
In this Saints in 60 Seconds video, Fr. James Martin reminds us that the real lives of the saints are much more inspiring than any holy card.