Society of Jesus facts

Society of Jesus
Abbreviation SJ, Jesuits
Motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam
Formation 1540
Type Roman Catholic religious order
Headquarters Church of the Gesu (Mother Church), General Curia (administration)
Location Rome, Italy
Superior General Adolfo Nicolás
Key people Ignatius of Loyola—founder
Main organ General Curia
Staff 19,216
Website www.sjweb.info
Ignatius Loyola
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The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J. and S.I. or SJ, SI ) is a Roman Catholic Church religious order 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 of the Roman Catholic Church with 19,216 members (13,491 priests, 3,049 scholastic students, 1,810 brothers and 866 novices).

The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of the Madonna Della Strada. It is led by a Superior General, currently Adolfo Nicolás.

The headquarters of the society, its General Curia, is in Rome.

Within the Catholic Church, there has been a sometimes tense relationship between Jesuits and the Vatican. This is due to questioning of official Church teaching and papal directives, such as those on abortion, birth control, women deacons, homosexuality, and liberation theology. However, as of 2013, the current Pope, Pope Francis, is a Jesuit himself.

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Media

  • The BBC Radio 4 In Our Time programme on 18 January 2007 was devoted to the early history and educational role of the Jesuits; the programme's website offers a free podcast and 'listen again' service In Our Time website

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