What began as a simple pledge made among seven friends in Paris in 1534 — to care for their neighbors, as Jesus had, to imitate his life of poverty and to undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Land — formally became, in 1540, with the approval of Pope Paul III, the Society of Jesus. Now a company of 10, these first Jesuits assumed not only the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, but adopted a fourth one as well: obedience to the pope.
It was this fourth vow that nurtured their missionary fervor. Politics of the time prevented Ignatius and his companions from traveling to the Holy Land. So, they entrusted themselves to the successor of St. Peter, bound to go wherever he sent them.
And the Jesuits went! They forged ties in China. They explored the New World. They led the Counter Reformation in Europe. And they founded schools to educate future generations.
From their founding to today, Jesuits have been scholars, doctors, explorers and woodworkers. Jesuits have been martyrs, saints and, in one case, pope.
The Society of Jesus continues to form and educate women and men to know, love and follow Christ — and to make that love known through good works. And, through the collaboration of lay people, Jesuit ministries around the world continue striving to bring about God’s dream of peace and justice.
The Society of Jesus continues to form and educate women and men to know, love and follow Christ — and to make that love known through good works.
The USA East Province is one of the five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, incorporating Eastern part of the United States from Maine to Georgia and the District of Columbia. Jesuits from the UEA Province also live and serve in Micronesia and Fiji. The province includes colleges & universities like the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University, high schools like Fordham Preparatory School and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, and a number of pre-secondary schools, parishes, retreat centers, and various other works.
Fr. Adam Rosinski, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the UEA Province. That means that Fr. Rosinski is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He’s been a Jesuit for 11 years, and over the course of that time he’s ministered in hospitals, served as a college athletic chaplain, taught in high schools, worked as a parish priest, and ministered as a spiritual director.
Fr. Rosinski would be happy to answer YOUR questions about Jesuit life! Feel free to email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, submit your information on the above form and someone from Fr. Rosinski’s team will get back to you ASAP.
The USA West Province is one of the five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. It comprises ten states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Jesuits in the west are a diverse group of men who serve Christ and his Church in 19 educational institutions, 13 parishes, 2 retreat centers, and other social and pastoral ministries like Homeboy Industries, Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative (JRJI), Kino Border Initiative (KBI), Native American Missions, and Christus Ministries for young adults, to name a few.
Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the US West Province. That means that Fr. Julian is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He has been a Jesuit for sixteen years and a priest for five years. Over the course of that time he has taught high school theology and music, volunteered at a public health clinic for undocumented immigrants, and served as a parochial vicar at one of the largest Jesuit parishes in the Pacific Northwest. Fr. Julian is here to answer your questions about Jesuit life! Submit your information, and Fr. Julian will get back to you as soon as possible.
The U.S. Central and Southern Province is one of five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. The province encompasses 13 states from Florida to Colorado, the territory of Puerto Rico and the nation of Belize. We serve the people of God in seven retreat and spirituality centers and 14 parishes. We carry on the tradition of Jesuit education in six institutions of higher education, 12 secondary schools, a middle school and a social research institute.
We have two vocation promoters responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus.
Fr. Eddie Gros, SJ, has been a Jesuit priest for 40 years. Throughout his ministry, he has served as teacher, missionary and pastor.
Fr. Robert Murphy, SJ, has been a Jesuit priest for six years and has served as a campus minister, athletic trainer and physical therapist. He also served as parochial vicar at a bilingual parish.
They are ready to answer your questions about Jesuit life. Submit your information, and Fr. Gros or Fr. Murphy will get back to you as soon as possible.
The Province of Canada is one of the five Jesuit provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, incorporating all ten Canadian provinces and three territories. It includes Campion College in Regina, Loyola High School in Montreal, Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering, and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto.
Fr. Edmund Lo, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the Canada Province and also Haiti. That means that Fr. Edmund is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He’s been a Jesuit priest for two-plus years. Over the course of that time he’s mainly worked with young adults across Canada, busying himself with campus ministry in universities, directing retreats for young adults and giving workshops on Ignatian spirituality, particularly on St. Ignatius’ rules for discernment of spirits.
Fr. Boniface MBOUZAO, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the Province of Canada. He promotes mainly in Quebec. He has been a Jesuit for almost 23 years and a priest for the past 5 years. He has completed a PhD in computer engineering and has founded a vocational discernment program called “CAMINO-VOCATION” which offers young people a year of vocational discernment based on the Spiritual Exercises in daily life. This program welcomes on average ten young people per year.
Fr. John O’Brien, SJ, is the vocation director for the Canada Province. That means that Fr. O’Brien is responsible for guiding men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus through the application process. He’s been a Jesuit priest since 2017. Over the course of that time he’s given many Ignatian retreats to young adults and professionals across the country
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Fr. Michael has been a Jesuit priest for three years. A native of Iowa and resident of Chicago, Fr. Michael has taught for several years in East Africa, worked with college students, and started the “One-Minute Homily” on social media. He likes to read, run, and watch the NBA.
Fr. Bill came to the vocation team five years ago after serving as president of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. A proud native of Michigan, Fr. Bill considers himself a true Midwesterner having lived in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Omaha. In his spare time Fr. Bill loves to read, watch hockey, play golf, and ride his bike.
Fr. Michael and Fr. Bill accompany men discerning a life in the Society of Jesus, serving across the Midwest Province’s 12 states. They are passionate about sharing information on Jesuit life, answering questions, and accompanying young men in discernment. Submit your information, and they will get back to you ASAP.
The Midwest Province is one of the five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. It comprises twelve states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Midwest Jesuits work at high schools, retreat centers, parishes, universities, and other ministries. If you watch March Madness, you probably recognize Midwest Jesuit universities like Creighton, Marquette, Xavier, and Loyola Chicago.