Hidden History: St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. IgnatiusLocation: Kenna Lawn

Inspiration: On June 4, 2002, SCU installed a statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola to embody the University’s Jesuit roots.

The book features a quote from St. Ignatius, “The more universal the good, the more it is divine.”

On the back, there is a figure of Christ with eight crosses, one for each of the martyrs killed in El Salvador in 1989.

Origin: Don’t assume it was your tuition money that paid for St. Ignatius – SCU alumni William and Janice Terry gifted it.

Factoids: It took about a year for the artist, Lisa Reinertson from Davis, Calif., to build the 600-pound statue in clay and cast it in bronze.

Although the statue is roughly eight-feet tall, St. Ignatius was actually five-foot three.

Christina Hoang