Jesuits are widely known for their colleges, universities and high schools. And that’s no surprise. Education has been a cornerstone of the Society of Jesus since the late 1540s, when Jesuit schools began spreading through Europe.
But Jesuit ministries extend beyond the classroom, from hospitals to refugee camps in Africa, from retreat houses to parishes in all parts of the world. Jesuits—together with their lay collaborators—are called to an amazing variety of ministries, including interreligious dialogue in countries torn by religious violence, and the struggle for environmental justice.
In his message to the 35th General Congregation of Jesuits in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared: “The Church needs you, counts on you, and continues to turn to you with confidence, particularly to reach the geographical and spiritual places where others do not reach or find it difficult to reach.”
The followers of St. Ignatius Loyola continue to explore the frontiers of mission and ministry.
“Thus as this world changes, so does the context of our mission; and new frontiers beckon that we must be willing to embrace,” the Jesuits declared at their 2008 General Congregation.
Here in the USA Central and Southern Province, Jesuits can be found in classrooms in high schools and colleges as well as in church basements. They serve in artistic ministries as well as pastoral. Our apostolates include parishes, schools and retreat centers as well as the Jesuit Social Research Institute.
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The Jesuits of the Central and Southern Province have a clear sense of priorities arising from the mission entrusted to them: