Founded in 1896, the Jesuits’ Gesu Parish in downtown Miami is the city’s oldest Catholic church and has served the religious and humanitarian needs of the community for over a century. By 1922, the parish had outgrown the original wooden church, and the present-day church, which seats 800 parishioners, was built.
In 2012, the iconic downtown church underwent a renovation that included restoring the bell tower, painting the facade with new colors, revitalizing the interior and adding the emblem of the Society of Jesus.
Over the years, Gesu Church has welcomed both the country's soldiers as they returned from wars and exiles from Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti. The church was a center of peace for those who had lost everything. Today, many of the current Gesu Church parishioners are from the Haitian community.
Gesu Church also ministers to senior citizens. Its Canteen Dining Room provides breakfast and lunch on weekdays for people 65 years and older for only a dollar, with the church subsidizing the rest of the cost.
Gesu Church offers weekday and Sunday Mass in English and Spanish.