The Jesuits - Arsonists Who "Set The World On Fire"!

The Society of Jesus commonly called The Jesuits was founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola and since then has grown from the original seven members to over 25.000 members who work out of 1,825 houses in 112 countries spread across six continents. In the intervening 470 years the Society has served the Church with outstanding men - Doctors of the Church in Europe as well as missionaries in Asia, India, Africa and the Americas. And has produced 41 Saints, 285 Blesseds and scholars famed for their explorations and discoveries in every conceivable field.

Íñigo López de Loyola -  From Sword To Cross

The Jesuits were founded by Ignatius of Loyola (Íñigo López de Loyola) a Spanish knight from a Basque noble family. Iñigo was an unlikely candidate for sainthood. He had a reputation for being a womaniser and a compulsive gambler whose contentiousness had him engaged in duelling to add to his vices.

As an officer for the Spanish military, Ignatius was sent to defend Pamplona from the invading French where he suffered an injury that would change his life in more ways. Ignatius 's leg was shattered by a cannon ball and so was taken to the family castle in Loyola to recover. – There he asked for books of romance and chivalry but unfortunately, the house of Loyola had only two books: the Bible and a book on the lives of saints. As he read these books, Iñigo converted from a man who craved worldly fame and pleasure to a man who desired to distinguish himself in the service of the Eternal King - Jesus. He began to see the saints as courageous knights serving the most regal of monarchs: Christ the King.

By recovery’s end, Iñigo had resolved not only to follow the examples of the saints, but more so, to outdo them in the service of Christ. He then offered his knightly arms to Our Lady at her shrine in Montserrat.

Societas Jesu (The Company Of Jesus)

After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, he decided he could serve God best by studying for the priesthood.
While at the University of Paris, his manner of life, his religious views, and gift for leadership attracted followers. And so he gathered a group of six :
Saint Francisco Xavier (Spain),
Blessed Peter Faber(France)
Diego Laynez (Spain)
Alfonso Salmeron (Spain)
Nicolás Bobadilla (Spain)
Simão Rodrigues de Azevedo (Portugal)
Friends who vowed themselves to poverty and chastity and placed themselves at the disposal of the Pope This band of energetic well-educated men who desired nothing more than to help others find God in their lives called themselves the Company of Jesus, and also Amigos en El Señor or "Friends in the Lord", because they felt "they were placed together by Christ"

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For The Greater Glory Of God)

In 1537, they traveled to Italy to seek papal approval for their order. Pope Paul III gave them a commendation, and permitted them to be ordained priests. These initial steps led to the founding of what would be called the Society of Jesus. Besides the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they would also make a separate fourth vow: to go anywhere the Pope would send them. On Sept. 27, 1540, Pope Paul III approved their petition to form a religious order and also approved their constitution without a single word altered.
Eventually, they decided that it was for God’s Greater Glory that they unite themselves into a formally constituted organization by the vow of religious obedience to a superior. They drew up a document outlining the characteristics of the religious order they had in mind. The Compañia de Jesus (Companions of Jesus) would be primarily apostolic, not hidden away in some monastery, but out in the world.

And so the Society of Jesus was born.

The Schoolmasters Of Europe

However the Jesuits are especially known for their educational institutions. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the Jesuits were called the schoolmasters of Europe not only because of their schools but also for their pre-eminence as scholars scientists and the thousands of textbooks they composed.

Scholars, Explorers, Scientists

35 lunar craters have been named to honour Jesuit scientists.

The so-called "Gregorian" Calendar was the work of the Jesuit Christopher Clavius, the "most influential teacher of the Renaissance".

Five of the eight major rivers of the worldwere first charted by Jesuit explorers.

Men like Robert Bellarmine and Peter Canisius spearheaded the Counter Reformation in Europe, courageous men like Edmund Campion assisted the Catholics in England suffering under the terrible Elizabethan persecutions and missionaries like deNobili Claver, González, deBrito, Brebeuf, and Kino brought the Gospel to the ends of the earth. No other order has more martyrs for the Faith.

By 1750, 30 of the world's 130 astronomical observatories were run by Jesuit astronomers

Another Jesuit, Ferdinand Verbiest, determined the elusive Russo-Chinese borderand until recent times no foreign name was as well known in China as the Jesuit Matteo Ricci, "Li-ma-teu", whose story is told by Jonathan Spence in his 1984 best seller.

China has recently erected a monument to the Jesuit scientists of the 17th century - in spite of the fact that since 1948 120 Jesuits languished in Chinese prisons.

No other religious order has spent as many man-years in jail as the Jesuit order.

Two of the statues in Statuary Hall in the Capitol in Washington are Jesuits: Eusebio Kino and Jacques Marquette.

A 1978 Brazilian stamp celebrates the Jesuit founding of São Paulo

Spanish Jesuits went to Paraguay in 1607, built settlements which lasted from 1607 to 1767 for the indigenous people and taught them how to govern and defend themselves against the Spanish slave traders. They also taught agriculture, architecture, metallurgy, farming, music, ranching and printing. The Guaraní natives of Paraguay were printing books on art, literature as well as school texts in these settlements before the American revolution.

This Utopia was suddenly crushed by the influential slave traders who were able to intimidate the Spanish crown into destroying the settlements.

King Charles III expelled the Jesuits in 1767 when Paraguay boasted of 57 settlements serving 113,716 indigenous natives. These Jesuit Settlements were called "a triumph of humanity which seems to expiate the cruelties of the first conquerors" by Voltaire - hardly a friend of the Jesuits.

The history of Latin America would have been quite different if this form of settlement had been allowed to develop according to its own momentum, offering democracy a century before North America.

Jesuit Institutions in Mumbai)

Campion School
Saint Mary's School (ICSE)
Saint Mary's School (SSC)
Saint Xavier's High School (Fort)
Saint Xavier's Boys Academy
Saint Stanislaus School
Holy Family High School
Saint Xavier's College (Autonomous)
Saint Xavier's Technical Institute