Who are these Jesuits?


We are the zealous sons of St Ignatius, working for God's Greater Glory!

The Society of Jesus (S.J. from Latin: Societas Iesu) is a scholarly religious congregation of the Catholic Church which originated in sixteenth-century Spain. The members are called Jesuits. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries),  intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue.

Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque nobleman from the Pyrenees area of northern Spain, founded the society after discerning his spiritual vocation while recovering from a wound sustained in the Battle of Pamplona. He composed the Spiritual Exercises to help others follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In 1534, Ignatius and six other young men, including Francis Xavier and Peter Faber,  gathered and professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope in matters of mission direction and assignment. 


In the vision of our founder, we seek to “find God in all things.” We dedicate ourselves to the “greater glory of God” and the good of all humanity. And we do so gratefully in collaboration with others who share our values, including laypersons. They have become part of the “we,” the extended Jesuit family.

With 16,000-plus priests, brothers, scholastics and novices worldwide, we are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church. We are pastors, teachers, and chaplains. We are also doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among many other roles in Church and society. In our varied ministries, we care for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. And especially in our education ministries, we seek to nurture “men and women for others.”

Jesuits draw on the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality and reflection. In our retreat centers, parishes, campus ministries, and other settings, we offer these resources to all who want to discern God’s presence in their lives. At the same time, we also aim to be “contemplatives in action,” people who bring this spirituality into the wide world. That includes our work on behalf of global justice, peace, and dialogue.

Four Vows

As members of a religious order, Jesuits take three vows — of poverty, chastity and obedience — and a fourth vow of obedience specifically in regard to worldwide mission. In other words, Jesuits must be ready to accept whatever mission the Pope requires, a vow that is reflective of our broader dedication to the universal Church, and to the greater good of all people from all faiths and cultures.

Our collaboration with the laity flows from our personal relationships with Christ. We see ourselves as companions of Jesus, and we invite others to join with us, as friends in the Lord. Together we build up the body of Christ.

With our friends and partners, we also reach out to a broadly diverse world because that’s where God is. From experience and reflection, we know that meaning, value, and divine purpose can be discovered “in all things.”

Jesuits Contribution in India

For Centuries, Jesuits have served the society and continue to make the world a better place. Not only in Europe and the Americas, but very much in Asia and especially in India too. Below is a compilation of some of their contributions in our Motherland “India”.

  • Anthony Monserrate SJ,      Spaniard, (1536-1600) was the first geographer to complete a map of India      in 1590.
  • Thomas Stevans SJ, English,      (1549-1619) wrote “Krista Purana” a classic in Marathi.
  • The first printing press in      India was started by the Jesuits in 1556.
  • Robert De Nobili SJ, Italian,      (1577-1656) was the first European Sanskrit Scholar. He wrote 21 books in      Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit.
  • Richard SJ, French, was the      first to use telescope on Indian soil in 1689 in Pondicherry.
  • Constanzo Giuseppe Beschi SJ,      Italian, (1680-1747) is called the “Father of Tamil Prose”.
  • Antonio Moscheni SJ, Italian,      (1854-1905) was a great painter who painted the St. Aloysius’ College      Chapel, Mangalore, the Holy Name Cathedral of Mumbai, and the Holy Cross      Cathedral, Kochi.
  • Jerome D’Souza SJ, Indian,      (1896-1977) was a member of the Indian Constituent Assembly and four times      India’s delegate to the UN General Assembly. Made considerable      contributions to the Constitutions of India.
  • Camille Buckle SJ, Belgian,      (1909-1982) is India’s most famous Christian Hindi Scholar and a      well-known lexicographer. He received Padma Bhushan.
  • Johans SJ, Dandoy SJ, Antonie      SJ and Fallon SJ, Belgians of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkatta, were great      Indologists and enriched the Bengali & Sanskrit.
  • Carlos Valles SJ, Spaniard,      (1925- ) was awarded the Ranjitram Gold Medal for his contribution to      Gujarati language.
  • Anthony de Mello SJ, Indian,      (1931-1987) endeavoured to integrate Christian spirituality with Eastern      concepts and methods of prayer.
  • Pallithanam SJ, Indian, one of      the first Indian Jesuit botanists.
  • M. Mathew SJ, Indian, the most      productive Indian taxonomist ever. He is the world’s specialist in      Jasmine.
  • Lancolot D’Cruz SJ, Indian, has      developed people-forest-industry linkages for socio-economic development      and protection of the traditional medial knowledge.
  • Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu SJ,      Indian, discovered an insect which has been named after him Ignacimuthue.
  • Leo D’Souza SJ, Indian, is a      pioneer in plant tissue culture and in vitro propagation of several forest      trees.
  • Cecil Saldanha SJ, Taxonomist.      He has done extensive research and published volumes on Hassan &      Karnataka flora.
  • Rudolph Aquaviva SJ, Fr. Duarte      Leitao SJ & Fr. Christobal de vege SJ, were in the court of Akbar at      his own request.
  • Bento de Goes SJ went to Tibet      by the land route and prepared the way to the unknown and forbidden lands.
  • Constant Lievens SJ (1856-1893)      started the co-operative movement in Chotanagpur region.
  • Anthony Moscheni SJ embellished      St Aloysius College Chapel with his paintings.
  • Peter Royappan SJ of Sembaganur      served in postal service for 36 years and the Gov. recognized him as      managing “the Best Post Office in India”.