“God’s Marines” called to serve
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 members are called Jesuits, and are also known colloquially as “God’s Marines” and as “The Company,” these being references to founder Ignatius of Loyola’s military background and the members’ willingness to go anywhere in the world and live in extreme conditions.
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 1 January 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 as God’s Marines.
Meet our Jesuits:
Bruce comes to us from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA. He has been a Jesuit for 36 years and a priest for 25. He holds a master’s degree in divinity and a licentiate degree in theology from the Weston School of Theology. He pursued doctoral studies in international relations at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Miami and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Centromaericana in El Salvador. Most of his apostolic work in the Society of Jesus has involved the formation of both Jesuits and lay men and women in Ignatian Spirituality.
Learn more about the Jesuits at http://www.jesuit.org/.
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