The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ, or SI) is a Catholic male religious order that follows the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. The Society’s founding principles are contained in the document Formula of the Institute, written by Ignatius of Loyola. Jesuits are known for their work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits, and for their missionary efforts. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, and promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue.

Ignatius House Retreat Center was founded by the Jesuit Fathers and Brothers of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus in 1960. Since January 1, 2013 the ministry at Ignatius House is sponsored by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. Today, our Jesuits are actively involved at Ignatius House leading retreats, providing spiritual direction, celebrating mass and continuing to serve God.

“God’s voice doesn’t manipulate. God’s voice doesn’t cause anxiety. God’s voice speaks to the absolute core of our being. God’s voice is unconditional acceptance and love.” – www.jesuit.org

Do hear a call in your heart to explore becoming a Jesuit? Click here for short video entitled “The Journey to a Great Life” and then consider the call.

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