Society of Jesus

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Il Gesu, Motherchurch of the Society of Jesus, Rome, by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola and Giacomo della Porta.

The Society of Jesus (Spanish: La Compañía de Jesús). usually called Jesuits is a powerful worldwide Catholic religious order well known for its devotion to education, science and the ultramontane cause of the Pope. Founded in 1534, today it is active in 112 nations with over 20,000 members, working in the fields of education, intellectual research, cultural pursuits, missionary work, human rights and social justice.

The Jesuits were founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534, to defend Catholicism against the Protestant Reformation and to do missionary work among the heathen. This religious order is better known by the name "Jesuits" ("Soldiers of Christ"). The Order is the largest order for men in the Catholic Church. It founded many schools in the US, including Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, Loyola University Chicago and Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. In the world it has about 56 university centers and 400,000 students, 28 Jesuit universities and colleges in the United States.

Ignatius of Loyola wrote the Jesuit Constitutions, which created a tightly centralized organization and stressed absolute self-abnegation and obedience to Pope. Jesuits do not have an official habit.

For God's greater glory

Christ as the model of human life.

Spiritual Exercises

The spirituality practiced by the Jesuits, called Ignatian spirituality, is based on the Catholic faith and the Gospels. The purpose of St. Ignatius's "Spiritual Exercises" is to conquer oneself and to regulate one's life, based solely on the discern of God's will, who is ever active in people's lives.

"The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit... Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to the deepening of God's life in me."

The Sacred Heart and Our Lady

The Order has a commitment to spread the devotion to the Sacred Heart and to Our Lady, the Virgin Mary.

Distinguished Jesuits

  • Ignatius Loyola;
  • Francis Xavier;
  • Francis Borgia;
  • Stanislaus Kostka;
  • Alfonso Rodriguez;
  • Juan de Castillo;
  • John Berchmans;
  • John Francis Regis;
  • Peter Claver;
  • Francis de Geronimo;
  • Paul Miki, John Goto, James Kisai, Japanese martyrs (1597)
  • Peter Canisius;
  • North American Martyrs: Isaac Jogues, Anthony Daniel, John de Brébeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier, Noel Chabanel (priests), and Rene Goupil and John Lalande (lay missionaries);
  • Robert Bellarmine,
  • Andrew Bobola;
  • Edmund Campion, English martyr.
  • Teilhard de Chardin, French paleontologist and spiritual writer.

See also

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