Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic Ignatius Loyola. But most people call us "the Jesuits."
Pictured here: Pope Francis, our new Superior General, Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J. and his predecessor Fr. Nicolas S.J.
In the vision of our founder, we seek to "find God in all things." We dedicate ourselves to the “greater glory of God" and the good of all humanity. And we do so gratefully in collaboration with others who share our values, including laypersons. They have become part of the “we,” the extended Jesuit family.
With close to 17,000-plus priests and brothers worldwide, we are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church. We are pastors, teachers, and chaplains. We are also doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among many other roles in Church and society. In our varied ministries, we care for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. And especially in our education ministries, we seek to nurture "men and women for others."
Jesuits draw on the rich tradition of Ignatian Spirituality and reflection. In our retreat centers, parishes, campus ministries, and other settings, we offer these resources to all who want to discern God’s presence in their lives. At the same time, we also aim to be “contemplatives in action,” people who bring this spirituality into the wide world. That includes our work on behalf of global justice, peace, and dialogue.
Recently (October 2016) Jesuit leaders gathered in Rome to elect our next Superior General, Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa, S.J.. Following this gathering Rome, we received a video commentary and update from our Midwest USA provincials: Fr. Brian Paulson, S.J. and Fr. Tom Lawler. S.J. View Video HERE.