Founding of the Jesuits

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola and since then has grown from the original seven to 17,000 members today who work out of 1,825 houses in 112 countries. The present Superior General is Father Adolfo Nicolás.

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Inspirational Jesuits

All Inspirational Jesuits

The Jesuits in Ireland

The Irish province was founded in 1860, but there is a back-story, which should be briefly told. All our pre-Suppression involvement in Ireland comprised a series of missions, conducted under conditions of penal legislation and often savage persecution.

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Irish Jesuits and colleagues

All Irish Jesuits and colleagues

Jesuit Prayer and Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality offers a way of seeing the connection between ourselves, our God and our world. It involves learning a way of dealing with our lives, through good decision making.

The Spiritual Exercises

The Spiritual Exercises

The Daily Examen

The Daily Examen

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction

Jesuit Lives

A collection of videos where Jesuits share their life stories and experiences.



Becoming a Jesuit

Jesuit formation is challenging and rewarding. The length of formation depends, to some degree, on the amount of studies which a candidate has already completed before joining the Society.

The formation is broken down into the seven parts outlined here.

All parts of formation

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