About Us
The Midwest Jesuits, representing the combining of the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Jesus, encompasses an area comprised of the states of Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and most of northern and eastern Illinois.

There are roughly 18,000 Jesuits serving throughout the world on six continents and in 112 nations
Quick Facts about Our Province
• The Society of Jesus, also knows as the Jesuits, was founded in Rome, Italy, in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola. Learn more about the international Society of Jesus at the Jesuit Curia, our Headquarters in Rome.

• There are roughly 18,000 Jesuits serving on six continents and in 112 nations.
• There are about 600 Jesuits serving in the combined Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces 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. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, is the 16th provincial of the Chicago Province and the 10th provincial of the Detroit Province. More information about Fr. Paulson can be found on Our Leadership page. Fr. Thomas A. Lawler, SJ, is the Provincial of the Wisconsin Province.

 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 Wisconsin Province operates two universities: Marquette University and Creighton University. 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. 

• The Wisconsin Province operates three high schools: Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska; Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Pine Ridge South Dakota; Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee, slated to open in Fall, 2015. The Wisconsin Province operates three middle schools: Jesuit Academy in Omaha, Nebraska; Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Red Cloud Elementary School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Pine Ridge South Dakota; and Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Pine Ridge South Dakota.

 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. We are please to share IgnatianSpirituality.org, via Loyola Press, which is a ministry of the Chicago-Detroit Province. Copies of the Spiritual Exercises, and materials supporting them, can be purchased via Loyola Press, or at any major online book retailer. 

 For a partial 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.




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Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House
Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House is located on 80 acres of gently rolling meadows and wooded countryside just 35 miles northwest of Chicago.