As of 2012 the jesuits formed the largest single religious order of priests and brothers in the catholic church although they are surpassed by the franciscan family of orders of friars minor capuchins and conventualsthe jesuits have experienced a decline in numbers in recent decades as of 2017 the society had 16088 members 11583 priests and 4505 jesuits in formation which includes . Jesuit jesuit member of the society of jesus a roman catholic order of religious men founded by st ignatius of loyola and noted for its educational missionary and charitable works once regarded by many as the principal agent of the counter reformation the jesuits were later a leading force in modernizing the church. November 14 2018 the society of jesus in the us canada and haiti welcomed 40 new jesuit novices this fall at novitiates in california louisiana minnesota new york quebec and haiti. Question what is the society of jesus who are the jesuits and what do they believe answer the society of jesus more commonly known as the jesuits is a society within the roman catholic church that was founded by ignatius of loyola and instituted by pope paul iii the jesuit society demands four vows of its members poverty chastity obedience to christ and obedience to the pope. The jesuits played a very important role in the counter reformationthe founder of the jesuits ignatius loyola must be seen as a key player during itloyola was the son of a basque nobleman and was born in 1491 he became a soldier who was fond of women and gambling and he had a typical upbringing for a richmans son with enjoyment taking a precedence within his life with no obvious
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