Find God in all things

Jesuits is the ​Society of Jesus​, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers, founded half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic Ignatius Loyola. But most people call us "​the Jesuits​".​ ​ We strive to "discover God in all things," as our founder envisioned. We pledge ourselves to the "greater glory of God" and the common welfare. And we do so gratefully in conjunction with others, particularly laypeople, who share our beliefs. They've become a part of the "we," the Jesuit family as a whole. Today, more than 16,740 Jesuits operate in 112 countries across six continents, with the goal of moulding men and women for others by God's mercy. They see themselves as "converted sinners" or "wounded healers," and their role in the world is "faith service and justice advocacy." Pastors, instructors, and chaplains are among us. We also serve in the Church and society as doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among other things. We care for the full individual in our various ministries: body, mind, and soul. We strive to nurture "men and women for others" in our education ministries, especially. Jesuits focus on the Ignatian spirituality and reflection tradition. We provide these materials to anyone who wish to perceive God's presence in their life in our retreat centres, parishes, university ministries, and other settings. At the same time, we want to be "contemplatives in action," persons who spread spirituality throughout the world. This includes our efforts to promote global justice, peace, and discourse. To make administration easier Jesuits are split into Assistancies, or areas, around the world. The South Asian Assistancy, which includes India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, is the world's largest, employing about 21% of the world's Jesuits. The Provincial of South Asia, or POSA, is in charge, and his headquarters is in New Delhi. The current POSA is Fr George Pattery, SJ.  

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We are the ​Society of Jesus​, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers, founded half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic Ignatius Loyola. But most people call us "​the Jesuits​".​ ​In the vision of our founder, we seek to "find God in all things." We dedicate ourselves to the "greater glory of God" and the good of all humanity.


A new society in Kerala which is rooted in God, characterized by equality, freedom, love, justice, peace and joy and which lives in communion with the cosmos.

Drawing inspiration from Jesus Christ and led by the Ignatian legacy, we, Kerala Jesuits, commit ourselves to building such a society through our involvements in the spiritual , intellectual, social, pastoral, educational, psychological, ecological and cultural dimensions of human existence.
Core Values

  • Magis (Excellence)

  • Social Justice

  • Ecclesial sensitivity

  • Inter-religious perspective - Multi-cultural sensitivity

  • Eco-sensitivity

Jesuit presence in Kerala dates back to the times of ​St. Francis Xavier​, the first disciple of ​St. Ignatius and one of the pioneers of the Society of Jesus. Since then, umpteen Jesuits have served in Kerala. In 1577 a Jesuit house was founded at Vaipikota near Cochin. Later this house was developed into a full-fledged seminary at par with similar institutions in Europe. Subjects like philosophy, theology and Latin were taught here.Till 1601 the Society had only one Province in India, namely Goa. But in 1601, Malabar vice-province was established to organize the works of Jesuits in South India. Its headquarters was in Cochin. At that time Jesuits had houses in Cochin, Vaipikota, Cranganore, Calicut and Quilon.In 1601, Kerala Church came under Jesuit Jurisdiction with the consecration of ​Fr. Don Francis Roz, S.J. He was the first Latin Bishop of the Thomas Christians. In 1606, there was a Jesuit house and a church at Tanur near Calicut. According to a catalogue, there were four Fathers working in three residences of Calicut, Tanur and Ponnani in the year 1612. Another important venture of the early Jesuits of Kerala was the College of Ambazhakad near Angamaly, started in 1662. Eminent scholars like Arnos Padiri, Constanzo Beschi (Tamil Scholar), St. John de Britto, and Stephen Joseph Bremer stayed in this college. It was destroyed during Tippu Sultan's Malabar raid.Thus the 16th and 17th centuries witnessed very vibrant and dynamic Jesuit presence in Kerala. But that chapter of history comes to a close with the suppression of Jesuits all over the world in 1773. They were expelled from the Portuguese dominions even before 1760. With this, almost all the Jesuit institutions were closed down. Suppression put an end to the flourishing Jesuit missions and ventures.But with the grace of God, the Society was restored in 1814. With the restoration, another phase of the Society of Jesus began all over the world. Perhaps the greatest contribution of the restored Society in Kerala is the diocese of Calicut. The first three bishops of the diocese were Jesuits.


    • Schools

    • Colleges

    • Industrial training institutes



    • Loyola Institute of Peace and International Relations (LIPI), Kochi