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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)
  • Rome, Italy
Superior General
Adolfo Nicolás
Key people
Ignatius of Loyola—founder
Main organ
General Curia
Ignatius Loyola
Ignatius Loyola

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.

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