This unique St. Ignatius patron saint medal was hand carved and cast in lead-free pewter by an American artisan from Mississippi. St. Ignatius is the founder of the Jesuit religious order that claims Pope Francis as their own. Ignatius as a young man was a soldier, a career that ended when he was severely injured. After recuperating, he devoted himself to study and penance, and eventually began laying the groundwork for the Order he would found, the Jesuits. From the beginning, the Order emphasized education of both its priests and the laity. Under Ignatius’s guidance, Jesuits began building schools and churches throughout Europe, Asia, and the New World. In this medal, Ignatius is shown at his desk, writing to his far-flung colleagues. A globe, symbolizing the world reach of the Order, sits before him. On the back of the medal is the Jesuit logo, IHS. This medal comes with a small saint card, making this great to give as a gift.