The Jesuits are the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque soldier-mercenary who experienced a profound conversion experience that transformed his vision of courtly love and heroic deeds to a mystical vision for the “greater glory of God.” The Society of Jesus is dedicated to “finding God in all things” and collaborates gratefully with others who share the vision of Ignatius, including laypersons.
With approximately 17,000-plus priests and brothers throughout the world, the Jesuits are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church. There are Jesuit pastors, teachers, chaplains, doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among many other roles in Church and society. In a variety of ministries, Jesuits care for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. In their educational ministries, the Jesuits endeavor to form "men and women for others."
Jesuits utilize the unique approach of Ignatian spirituality in their parishes, campus ministries, retreat centers, and all spheres of influence to assist people in finding God in their daily lives. At the same time, the Jesuits seek to be “contemplatives in action,” people who apply their spirituality in practical contexts throughout the world. This includes work in the spheres of social justice, peace, and dialogue.
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