Who we are
The Society of Jesus is a congregation of priests and brothers founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. We commit ourselves to live our lives finding God in all things and helping others to do the same.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
It all started with a Basque nobleman, Ignatius of Loyola. After a battle injury, he experienced a profound religious conversion and dedicated himself to God’s service. When studying in Paris, he gathered a group of friends and this first community of “friends in the Lord” wanted to serve God wherever the need was greatest. They put themselves at the service of the Pope, vowing to obey him as regards any special mission he might give them. Soon, the Jesuits spread throughout the world.
The Ignatian worldview includes these core values:
Finding God in the whole dispersity of creation especially in men and women.
Serving faith -being contemplatives in action and helping others find God.
Discernment -what does God desire for the world and how can we align ourselves with His mission and His will?
Living in solidarity with those who are poorest and on the margins of our societies.
Being in dialogue with people and cultures.
The history of the Society is a rich tapestry of people. Some were famous and became saints. Others are unknown. All wanted to find and serve God as contemplatives in action at the frontiers of the world. Jesuits have been engaged in ministries as diverse as spiritual direction, education, the care of refugees, outreach to the homeless, theological and philosophical enquiry.
Our mission is to help people find God – the service of faith. And to witness to that same God, by reaching out to those most neglected by our societies, the little ones about whom He cares profoundly. We work in partnership with lay people as well as with other religious and priests who share the same sense of mission. In all our ministries we care for the person as a whole – mind and heart, body and soul.
In the next links you can find more information about the Society of Jesus, the Conference of European Provincials and the presence of the Jesuits in the different countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region.