What are some basic facts on Jesuits ?

What are some basic facts on Jesuits ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J. and S.I. or SJ, SI) is a Roman Catholic religious order of clerks regular whose members are called Jesuits, Soldiers of Christ, and Foot soldiers of the Pope, because the founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, was a knight before becoming a priest.

    Jesuits are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church, with 18,815 members—13,305 priests, 2,295 scholastic students, 1,758 brothers and 827 novices—as of January 2008, although the Franciscan family of first orders OFMs, Capuchins, and Conventuals has more total members. The average age of the Jesuits in 2008 was 63.01 for priests, 30.01 for scholastics, 65.06 for Brothers, and an overall average of 57.53 years.

    Jesuit priests and brothers are engaged in ministries in 112 nations on six continents. They are best known in the fields of education (schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, theological faculties), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. They are also known in missionary work, social justice and human rights activities, inter-religious dialogue, and other 'frontier' ministry.

    The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General, currently Adolfo Nicolás. The headquarters of the Society, its General Curia, is in Rome. The historic curia of St. Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit Mother Church.

  • 1 decade ago

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    Jesuit History

    Founded in 1540 by Ignatius Loyola, who was declared a Saint by the Catholic Church in 1622, the Jesuits are the largest Catholic religious order in the world, with more than 18,000 members working in 112 countries. Online resources can offer a quick impression of Jesuits, their history and the state of the Society of Jesus today. For a more leisurely read you might want to consult the chapter, "Ignatius, the Jesuits, and Jesuit Education," in What Are We? An Introduction to Boston College and Its Jesuit Tradition.

    For a standard history of the Jesuits in English, see William V. Bangert's A History of the Society of Jesus (Institute of Jesuit Sources, June 1986). The most authoritative discussion of the early Jesuits is by John O'Malley, The First Jesuits (Harvard University Press, 1993)

    There is not enough material on an important part of Jesuit history, namely, its suppression in the late 18th century. Recently, Loyola Press has done a great service in presenting On the Suppression of the Society of Jesus, A Contemporary Account, by Giulio Cesare Cordara, S.J., translation and notes by John P. Murphy, S.J. Perhaps the highest recommendation we can give this volume is that of John O'Malley who says that this volume is a "page turner -- it reads almost as if it were written yesterday."

  • Bibs
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The Jesuits were founded by Ignatius of Loyola, a soldier in the Spanish military. His leg was grazed by a cannon ball and he spent many months recovering. When he was healed his leg was crooked at the break, and it was decided to re break his leg to straighten it. It was during this recovery period that he began reading spiritual books and was converted to a more austere life. He began preaching, but he ran afoul of the Spanish inquisition. They recommended that he seek more education. He went to Paris to the Sorbonne. There he met his first followers. He organized his society like a military organization, with military discipline.

  • 1 decade ago

    I am an atheist and anti-catholic (just so you know where I stand).

    Jesuits are the intellectual powerhouse of catholicism. There is no such thing as a stupid Jesuit. They are all way above average in their own field, whatever that may be (no, they are not solely theologians).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good going Brett A.

    A straight answer based on something other than bias & ignorance.

    What you might expect from an athiest

    A fmr Catholic w/ a Jebbie in the family.

    They are the intellectuals of the church & many hold advanced degrees & positions in all the professions & sciences.

    As an order they have a special allegiance to the Pope.

    Known as free thinkers ,( within limits) & love their scotch.

    Did not know all the Loyola business.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they were created by Saint Ignatious of Loyola, and focused on being a teaching order. Jesuits were most of the missionaries that came to convert the american indians during the period of the first exploration of america.

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    They are strict Catholics and run the best schools in the nation.

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