AIDS Sufferers & Caregivers / Aloysius Gonzaga, 1568–1591, Feast Day: June 21
A courtier and a soldier devoted to the Virgin Mary. Against his family’s wishes, he became a Jesuit novice at the age of eighteen. Despite the fact that he himself suffered from a kidney disease, he insisted on tending the sick when the plague struck Rome. He died of the plague at the age of twenty-two.
Other patronages: pulmonary diseases; teenagers
Invoked: for help in choosing a state of life; against lust