St Aloysius Gonzaga
St Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591)
Your model in this College is St Aloysius Gonzaga after whom the College is named. This 16th Century prince, heir to the throne of the Marquisate of Gonzaga in Italy, had at his disposal everything he could have desired in life. But inspired by a deep spirit of faith and moved by great love for his fellowmen, at the age of 18, he abdicated his rights and entered the Jesuit Order to be a religious. While Aloysius was still in training, a plague broke out in Rome. Victims of the plague had no hope of recovery and were being abandoned everywhere for fear of contagion. The youthful Aloysius, who was then 24, rose to the occasion with his companions and immediately set about caring for the sick and the dying, risking his own life. The risk came real. Aloysius became a victim of the plague and died in the midst of his noble work, offering his life as a sacrifice for others.
It is the example of his life, heroic and noble, not seeking the glory of this world but genuinely concerned about the good of others, that is proposed to you for emulation here.