The Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

The Society of Jesus, is a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic, St. Ignatius Loyola. Most people call them “the Jesuits.”

In the vision of their founder, they seek to “find God in all things.” They dedicate themselves to the “greater glory of God” and the good of all humanity.

With close to 17,000-plus priests and brothers worldwide, they are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is a Jesuit. They are pastors, teachers, and chaplains, and also doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among many other roles in Church and society. In their varied ministries, they care for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. And especially in their education ministries, they seek to nurture “men and women for others.”

In Los Angeles, the Jesuits sponsor Loyola and Verbum Dei High Schools, Loyola Marymount University and Blessed Sacrament and Dolores Mission Parishes. They also sponsor Homeboy Industries and the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative.

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