Letters of Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola (or Iñigo Lopez de Oñaz y Loyola) wrote at least 7,000 letters during his lifetime. This voluminous correspondence includes his first extant letter, dated in 1518, and the last, dated the day before his death in 1556.


The following are just a selection of the letters and instructions taken from Ignatius’s service as the first father general of the Society of Jesus. Use the interactive chart below to filter results by year or date range, by title, by recipients, or by contributor. You can also search those three categories.


The full contents of all these letters, as well as the other Essential Documents, are searchable available through the Portal.


For additional correspondence and for further historical context for the letters, please consult Ignatius of Loyola: Letters and Instructions, ed. John W. Padberg, et al. St. Louis, Mo.: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996.


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