Who we are
The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola and
his companions. The Jesuit mission is a mission of reconciliation,
working so that women and men can be reconciled with God, with
themselves, with each other and with God’s creation.
The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola with
the approval of Pope Paul III. Ignatius Loyola had gathered around him
an energetic band of well-educated men who desired nothing more than to
help others find God in their lives. It was Ignatius’ original plan that
the Jesuits be travelling missionaries who would preach and administer
the sacraments wherever there was the hope of accomplishing the greater
good. Since its foundation the Order has grown from the original ten to
more than 16,000 Jesuits worldwide.