Why we do what we do
The contemporary mission of the Society of Jesus is the service of faith and promotion of that justice of the Gospel that embodies God’s love and saving mercy.
Our ultimate goal is to respond to the call of Christ to be in solidarity with the least and with all, and to grow in our personal and communal call to holiness, generosity, and availability in following Jesus and serving the Church through the Ignatian charism.
The spiritual tradition of Saint Ignatius Loyola sees God present in all things. It is a hopeful vision that finds God’s divine love present in all of creation, and especially in the goodness of human persons. Most specifically God’s love is made manifest and effective in the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
How we do what we do
We believe that love is expressed more fully in deeds than in words. Therefore, we engage in various spiritual, pastoral, social, educational, and missionary ministries. We operate and assist educational institutions across Canada, from elementary schools to universities, as well as a research institute. We serve in parishes and are chaplains in hospitals. We provide spiritual ministries, by giving retreats and offering spiritual direction. We help educate others through various communications media projects.
Go to the What We Do link on the main navigation bar to learn more details. Plus, there are many stories, profiles and multimedia that give concrete examples of the way that the Jesuits of Canada and their lay colleagues carry out the mission of the Society of Jesus.
Where we serve
We are deeply rooted across our ten provinces from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, and have a strong ministry in Canada’s far North as well. The Jesuits of Canada belong to the Society of Jesus, a world-web network, united through a superior general in Rome.
Jesuits study and work in almost every country in the world, and our Canadian Jesuits can be found in countries as varied as India, Jamaica, Nepal, Rome, Tibet, Uganda and Zambia. As well, organizations such as the Jesuit Refugee Service allow us to respond to needs across national borders wherever they occur.
The Jesuits of Canada have an especially close relationship with the Jesuits of India, among others. We will soon be joining with the USA Jesuit Conference to form the USA and Canada Jesuit Conference.