Mission and aims

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the Jesuits at GC35
“The Church needs you, relies on you and continues to turn to you with trust, particularly to reach those physical and spiritual places which others do not reach or have difficulty in reaching.”

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the 35th General Congregation of Jesuits, February 21st, 2008

Following General Congregation 36 in 2016 the mission of the Society of Jesus is

The ministry of reconciliation with God, with one another and with creation.

Our aims are to:

• Strengthen the faith of Catholics and other Christians
• Advance social justice
• Enter into dialogue with other cultures and religious traditions

We do this through:

  • Pastoral ministry – in parish communities and university chaplaincies
  • ​Education – at primary, secondary and tertiary levels
  • Formation – of priests, religious and lay people, in Britain and overseas
  • Relief of poverty – running the Jesuit Refugee Service, reaching out to the marginalised and to indigenous people
  • Care of infirm and elderly Jesuits
  • Spirituality and online ministry – running spirituality centres, programmes and retreats, publishing and working online
  • Work overseas – missioning men, funding projects and running Jesuit Missions

In the British Province we have 132 men living in fifteen communities.  They work as parish priests, chaplains, teachers, academics, writers, doctors, spiritual directors and artists.

Download our 2016-2017 annual report PDF icon annual_report_16-17.pdf

Download our 2015-2016 annual report PDF icon annual_report_15-16.pdf

Download our 2014-2015 annual report PDF icon annual_report_14-15.pdf

Download our 2013-2014 annual report PDF icon annual_report_13-14.pdf

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