A bit of historical background: Jesuits from the
Province of England arrived in Guyana as early as 1856. Before that, they had
come to Jamaica in 1837, and in 1894 they were joined there by the first
Jesuits from North America. In the second half of the 20th century,
Jesuits from five Indian Provinces joined the Guyana mission, and others from
the Canadian Province joined the mission in Jamaica.
The Society returned to Cuba in 1853. The Cuban Vice-Province
was created in 1929, attached to the Province of León. In 1936, the Society
returned to the Dominican Republic. In 1952, the Independent Vice-Province of
the Antilles was created and it became a Province in 1968. In 1961, the
Antillean Jesuits expelled from Cuba were welcomed by the former New Orleans
Province in Miami.
21 Jesuits work in Guyana and Jamaica, and 113 in Miami, Cuba, and the