Retablo Series. Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Aloysius GonzagaSaint Aloysius Gonzaga is depicted in a hardwood bas relief located on the second level, first frame from left of the Epistle altar retablo. The polychrome relief depicted the saint in his black Jesuit habit gazing at crucifix. Flowers of lilies sprouted from cross symbolizing the character of virginity. Cloistered walls as background of the relief further expound on his life as a devoted novice and student.

He made his vows 25 November, 1587.Immediately after, he began his theological studies. Among his professors were Fathers Vasquez and Azor. In 1591 when in his fourth year of theology a famine and pestilence broke out in Italy. Though in delicate health, he devoted himself to the care of the sick, but on March 3 he fell ill and died 21 June, 1591. He was beatified in 1621 and canonized in 1726.