St. Ignatius of Loyola was born in Spain in 1491. Ignatius was seriously wounded in the Battle of Pamplona. During his recovery, books about romance and chivalry which he preferred to read were unavailable, so he had to content himself with reading those that were available: one on the life of Christ and another on the lives of the saints. These books led to his conversion from a soldier for Spain to a soldier for Christ. He spent many years studying in various European universities, and in 1534 formed a religious association with vows of poverty, chastity, and unconditional obedience to the pope. This later became the Society of Jesus. His feast day is July 31.