What is a Jesuit?
Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, a male religious order founded by St. Ignatius in 1534. The Society is composed of nearly 20,000 Roman Catholic priests, brothers, students, and novices worldwide, primarily serving as missionaries and teachers. Read more about Jesuit history.
The extensive writings and teachings of Ignatius provide the distinctive philosophical foundation for Jesuit practice, along with traditional Roman Catholic beliefs and the Gospels. The pillars of Ignatian spirituality include a regimen of daily reflection, prayers and examinations in pursuit of a union with Jesus detached from one’s individual preferences, temptations, patterns of behavior and ambitions. At the same time, Jesuits value education, often attaining multiple advanced degrees, teaching in universities, authoring scholarly works on religious and secular topics.
The pillars of Ignatian spirituality:
- God’s Greater Glory
- Union with Jesus
- Spiritual direction
- Effective love
- Prayer, self-conquest and reflection
- Devotion to the Sacred Heart, Eucharist, and Our Lady
- Zeal for souls
- Finding God in all things
- Examen of consciousness
- Service and humility
Who is St. Francis Xavier?
The patron saint of our Parish, Francis Xavier was co-founder of the Jesuit order. Often called the “apostle to Asia,” St. Francis Xavier worked in India and China and established extensive missions in Japan. Read an online biography of St. Francis Xavier.
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Jesuits (Chicago) - The Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus consists of 220 Jesuits serving in a number of ministries in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Jesuits (United States) - Gateway to information on Jesuits in the United States, Ignatian spirituality, and social justice advocacy.