Society of Jesus

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AbbreviationJesuits
Formation1540
TypeReligious group
Interest ofWilliam Cooper, University of Deusto, Walter Veith
Founder ofLoyola University

The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, is a religious order of the Catholic Church headquartered in Rome.

History

It was founded by Ignatius of Loyola and six companions with the approval of Pope Paul III in 1540. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations. Jesuits work in education, research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue.

Members of the Society of Jesus are expected to accept orders to go anywhere in the world, where they might be required to live in extreme conditions. This was so because Ignatius, its leading founder, was a nobleman who had a military background. Accordingly, the opening lines of the founding document declared that the society was founded for "whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God,[a] to strive especially for the defence and propagation of the faith, and for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine".

Influence

Jesuits are thus sometimes referred to colloquially as "God's soldiers", or the "power behind the throne".[1] The society participated in the Counter-Reformation and in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council.


 

Examples

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Malachi Martin


References


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