Loyola University Chicago

Wolf and Kettle Day

The legend of the Wolf and Kettle

Celebrate generosity

Many years ago, in the Basque country of Spain, there lived a prosperous and generous family who, after feeding family, retainers, and soldiers, had enough to feed even the wild animals. To commemorate this act of generosity, a carving of two wolves eating at a cauldron was placed over the lintel of the family’s home in Loyola, Spain.

Many centuries later, St. Ignatius of Loyola would be born into this family and would go on to establish the Jesuit order and change the world. Today, we celebrate this act of generosity, which has become the heraldic shield of the Loyola family, the symbol of this University, and a fitting tribute to our donors, whose generosity makes your education possible at Loyola.

Watch the video below to learn more!