Jesuits are widely known for their colleges, universities
and high schools
. Education is a cornerstone of the Society of Jesus, and has been since the late 1540s, when Jesuit schools began spreading through Europe.
But names like “Fordham” and “Boston College” and “Georgetown” do not tell a full story of Jesuit ministries. The works are far broader in scope, extending from middle schools in the inner city to refugee camps near Iraq, from retreat centers with an ocean view, to parishes near college campuses. Jesuits — together with their lay collaborators — are called to these and many other ministries. Geographically speaking, Jesuits serve where needs are greatest – whether at home or around the world.
Jesuits and friends are ministering to people in the hard-to-reach places of the heart. They are doing so as military chaplains, helping soldiers find meaning far from home; as counselors in prisons, accompanying those behind bars in a journey of reconciliation; and as ministers in hospitals, praying for healing together with patients and families. Jesuits and their companions work to bring people closer to God, and to each other and in many pastoral settings with a faith that works for justice.
In addition to these many ministries, the USA Northeast Province prepares men to become Jesuits and provides care and support for them in the twilight of their service to the people of God.