The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded in the 16th century by Ignatius of Loyola, a knight who became a mystic and saint. St. Ignatius developed an intimate relationship with God and sought ways to help others discover the same kind of relationship. This is how the Spiritual Exercises came into being. They are at the very heart of Ignatian spirituality.
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 gives them. This vow reflects their broader dedication to the universal Church, and to the greater good of all people from all faiths and cultures. Since the order’s foundation, over 300 Jesuits were beatified and canonized.
The Jesuits are a missionary congregation with the aim to spread the Good News of Jesus. Thereby they draw on the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality and reflection. In retreat centers, parishes, campus ministries and other settings, they offer these resources to all who want to discern God’s presence in their lives. At the same time, they also aim to be “contemplative in action”: people who bring this spirituality into the wide world. This includes work on behalf of global justice, peace and dialogue. Nowadays the Jesuits count over 15,000 members, which makes them one of the largest male religious orders in the Catholic Church.
In the vision of Ignatius the Jesuits seek to “find God in all things.” Their motto is: For the Greater Glory of God (Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam).
- our mission today: https://jesuits.global/en/uap
- Jesuits in Europe: https://jesuits.eu/
The MAGIS program was created following an initiative by the Jesuits.
During the history of Magis there were several other religious congregations, mostly from the Ignatian Family, who helped develop and realize the MAGIS programs:
- Congregation of Jesus
- Society of Helpers (Society of Helpers HU, Society of Helpers UK, Society of Helpers GER)
- Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SJC Hungary)
- the Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ International, RSCJ in Hungary)
- Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Daughters of Jesus
- Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
- Other communities: Christian Life Community