The Evolution of the Loyola Wolf

Legend has it that the ancestors of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order and for whom our university is named, were so prosperous and generous that after feeding their family, servants and soldiers, they still had enough food to feed the wild animals. As a tribute to the Basque family’s generosity, a wood carving of two wolves flanking a cauldron was placed over the doorway of the family’s home in Spain, a design which later became part of the noble family’s seal. The Loyola name is an actual contraction of the words Lobo y Olla, which means “wolf and pot” in Spanish.

St. Ignatius of Loyola would be born centuries later into that family and would take up their mantel of generosity through his work and teachings, establishing the Society of Jesus and authoring the Spiritual Exercises in which all Jesuit education is based. The presidential seal of Loyola University New Orleans commemorates the generosity of St. Ignatius and his family with the inclusion of the wolves and kettle.

Launched as the school’s mascot in 1924, the Wolf Pack symbolizes Jesuit values: strength in numbers and pride in teamwork. Over the years, Loyola has had numerous Wolf Pack logo designs, each portraying the wolf in a style fitting the times. The new Wolf Pack logo is bold and contemporary, reflective of our second century of academic excellence.


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