D.C., September 8, 2015) — In just two weeks, the first Jesuit pope makes his first
visit to the United States. In anticipation of the historic U.S. visit of Pope
Francis, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has posted an online
resource page with information
about their religious order — the largest in the Catholic Church — and their
site provides background on the pope’s life as a Jesuit, the history of the
Society of Jesus and famous alumni of the Jesuits’ 2,300 schools in 67
interviews, Pope Francis has said that he was attracted to the Jesuits because
of their missionary spirit and emphasis on social justice and care for those living
at the margins; he entered the Jesuits as a novice in 1958 and was ordained a
priest in 1969. The pope’s spirituality has all the hallmarks of a Jesuit, and
the way he prayerfully considers decisions — a Jesuit term called “discernment”
— was outlined by the Society’s founder St. Ignatius in his Spiritual
Exercises, a prayer and meditation manual, nearly half a millennium ago.
Jesuits solemnly promise not to "strive or ambition" for any high
office in the Society of Jesus or in the church, there are very few Jesuit
cardinals, which is why Pope Francis’ election in March of 2013 was so
surprising to the members of his religious order. Though now pope, he is always
mindful of his Jesuit roots: the pope’s coat of arms bears the emblem of the
Society of Jesus.
About the Society of Jesus in Canada and the
in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is the largest
order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Jesuit priests and
brothers are involved in educational, pastoral and spiritual ministries around
the world, practicing a faith that promotes justice. In Canada and the United
States, there are 30 Jesuit colleges and 80 pre-secondary and secondary schools
with a shared goal of developing competent, compassionate and committed leaders
in the service of the Church and society. Jesuits minister in parishes and at
retreat houses and serve as chaplains at prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and
in the military. In Canada and the U.S., the Jesuits are represented by the
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, headquartered in Washington,
D.C. For more information on the Society of Jesus, visit www.jesuits.org.
(Washington, D.C., March 13, 2018) — Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has named new rectors for the two Jesuit theology centers in the United States. Fr. Michael Boughton, SJ, will serve as rector of the Faber Jesuit Community at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (BCSTM), while Fr. Martin Connell, SJ, will serve as rector of the Jesuit Community at the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) of Santa Clara University.
(Washington, D.C., November 2, 2017) — Timed to coincide with the upcoming UN COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, Jesuits and lay collaborators from around the world will hold a series of events in Bonn to complement and amplify the talks taking place next week.
(Washington, D.C., October 4, 2017) — Today, on the Feast Day of St. Francis, the saint most identified with care for creation, two Jesuit organizations have partnered to produce what’s being called an Ecological Examen.
(Washington, D.C., September 5, 2017) — Dear Dreamers: We write on this difficult day to remind you of God’s love for you and to tell you that you are not alone. Across the U.S., Dreamers like yourself have graced classrooms in Jesuit schools — from the smallest among you to those now earning advanced degrees. You came to us for an education, you came for pastoral and spiritual guidance, and we welcomed you — not because of your nationality — but because you are our brothers and sisters in Christ. No government can tear that sacred bond.
(Washington, D.C., June 22, 2017) — This summer, the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits — the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church — will welcome 29 new priests in the U.S., Canada and Haiti (a member of the Jesuits’ French Canada Province).
(Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017) — The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN) has announced that Jesuit Father William Blazek will become its U.S. national director next month, succeeding current director Jesuit Father James Kubicki. Founded as the Apostleship of Prayer and recently renamed by Pope Francis, the network communicates the pope’s monthly intentions to 50 million members in 89 countries, seeking to mobilize people in prayer and action. Its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement, is present in 56 countries.
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.
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Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House
Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House, located in Grand Coteau, La., has provided a beautiful setting for retreats since 1938.