Who we are
The Society of Jesus, which was founded in Rome in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola, is the largest order of Catholic priests and brothers in the world. For over 450 years Jesuit priests and brothers have lived an amazing story of serving the Church in new and unexpected ways, most notably through educational, pastoral and spiritual ministries.
Today, around 20,000 Jesuits on six continents and in 127 nations work in partnership with laymen and women to respond to the call of Christ to be in solidarity with the poor, and to grow in our personal and communal call to serve the Church by proclaiming the gospel and promoting intellectual rigor and spiritual discernment.
The Oregon Province
Jesuits around the world are organized into geographical territories called provinces. The Oregon Province is one of eight provinces in the U.S., and includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho.
Throughout the Pacific Northwest, Jesuits serve as teachers, campus ministers and administrators at universities, high schools, and Nativity middle schools. We also serve as parish ministers, chaplains, and spiritual directors. In all our ministries and work, we strive to keep alive the tradition of prayerful discernment established by St. Ignatius and to do all things for the greater glory of God.