The Society of Jesus was founded in Rome in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola. Learn more about the international Society of Jesus here.
There are roughly 18,000 Jesuits serving on six continents and in 112 nations.
There are 386 Jesuits serving in the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus.
Originally part of the Missouri Province, the Chicago Province was founded in 1928. In 1956 the Chicago Province was divided, forming the Chicago and Detroit Provinces. The Chicago and Detroit Provinces were united in January 2011. More information about Provinces can be found at the Jesuit Conference website
Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ, is the 16th provincial of the Chicago Province and the 10th provincial of the Detroit Province. More information about Fr. Kesicki can be found on our “Leadership page
The Chicago-Detroit Province operates four universities: John Carroll University in Cleveland, Xavier University in Cincinnati, University of Detroit Mercy, and Loyola University Chicago.
The Chicago-Detroit Province operates eleven high schools and one middle school: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana; Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois; Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Illinois; Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois; Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan; Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio; Saint John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio; Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in Detroit, Michigan; Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and Chicago Jesuit Academy in Chicago, Illinois.
St. Ignatius Loyola wrote the Spiritual Exercises after experiencing a profound conversion in Manresa, Spain. Ignatian spirituality today links Jesuits across the world and also enriches the lives of millions of non-Jesuits. Copies of the Spiritual Exercises can be purchased at any major online book retailer.
For a listing of Jesuit Saints and Blesseds, please click here
For information on the cause for sainthood for Fr. John Hardon, SJ, a Jesuit of the Detroit Province (1914-2000), please click here. The cause is being promoted by the Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, Archive and Guild.