What Are the Beliefs of the Jesuits?

The Jesuits, otherwise known as the Society of Jesus, are an order of Christian men who subscribe to the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Strong concentrations on educational, missionary and charitable works are some of the qualities that differentiate them from other orders in the Christian faith.

The Jesuit order was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1534. Ignatius and six other men took the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience that would later become pillars of the belief system of the Society of Jesus. According to Jesuit.org, the order follows the vision of their founder by seeking God in everything.

Currently, Jesuits are most known for their involvement in higher education. One of the cornerstones of their belief system involves educating the whole person: body, mind and spirit. The aim is to nurture the development of students intellectually, culturally, spiritually and morally. The Society of Jesus highly encourages its followers to do work in the sciences and humanities for the good of others and to spread the word of God.

As of 2014, the leader of the order, called the Superior General, is Rev. Adolfo Nicolás Pachón. He leads a congregation of approximately 18,000 brothers, according to a census taken in 2013.