mission

Jesuits are neither monks nor friars but ‘clerks regular’. They take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and live in community. Most are priests but there have always been Jesuit brothers who assist the mission of the Society without ordination. Many Jesuit priests also take a fourth vow, unique to the Society of Jesus, of special obedience to the Pope with regard to missions.Jesuits today continue to be inspired by the vision of their founder, St Ignatius. His plan for the order's way of...
“The Church needs you, relies on you and continues to turn to you with trust, particularly to reach those physical and spiritual places which others do not reach or have difficulty in reaching.”Pope Benedict XVI addresses the 35th General Congregation of Jesuits, February 21st, 2008Following General Congregation 36 in 2016 the mission of the Society of Jesus isThe ministry of reconciliation with God, with one another and with creation.Our aims are to:• Strengthen the faith of Catholics...
In February 2008 Pope Benedict XVI recalled the words of his predecessor Paul VI:Wherever in the Church, even in the most difficult and extreme fields, at the crossroads of ideologies, in the social trenches, there has been and there is confrontation between the burning exigencies of man and the perennial message of the Gospel, here there have been, and there are Jesuits.As much as ever before the Society needs men ‘with a deep and sound faith, a well-grounded culture and genuine human...
One common missionThere are both priests and brothers in the Society of Jesus, together friends in the Lord, and all of them ‘participating in Christ’s priestly work of reconciling the world to God’ (General Congregation 34). In other words all Jesuits, whether as priests or as brothers, are seeking to make known through the way they live and what they do God’s immense love for all human beings, so that that love of God can make whole what is broken.Either at the time of...

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