An Open Invitation
In the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, Jesus, as sovereign of all creation, yet poor and humble, invites us all to work alongside him for the transformation of the world into the creation God intends. As I begin my service as Provincial, I give thanks for the many women and men who pray for, support, and work alongside my fellow Jesuits, partners in all ways in the service of souls—preaching the Gospel, educating the young, accompanying those denied dignity, and developing talented leaders with ability and compassion bent on promoting the justice that faith requires.
With our eyes on the Reign of God, let us place our gifts at the service of God our Creator and Lord, who extends to us the privilege of engaging the world under his banner of love.
Explore this site to see what Jesuits and our many partners in ministry are doing. Perhaps you will join us in some way on this grace-filled journey.
one mission, many ministries, many hands
Michael F. Weiler, S.J.
We are diverse, dynamic, creative
The California Province brings together people from many cultures to worship and work in partnership. The Province's service area encompasses Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. In addition, individual California Province Jesuits serve in ministries throughout the United States and abroad, including Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Our ministries include:
- Pastoral ministries. Jesuit priests lead 12 parishes and provide service to many more.
- Spiritual retreat centers. Jesuits and laypersons at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality and the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos seek to foster spiritual growth by offering retreats as well as training for spiritual directors.
- Educational ministries. Jesuits and their many lay partners are involved in primary, secondary, and higher education. Model school programs such as Cristo Rey and Nativity as well as other creative partnerships allow us to sponsor, co-sponsor, or endorse new Catholic schools in underserved areas.
- Social ministries. Our Jesuits provide guidance to various ministries--Homeboy Industries, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Southwest, PICO National Network, Proyecto Pastoral--engaged in empowering people, pursuing social justice, and improving communities.
For an overview of our work, visit the Ministries & Communities section of this website.
We encourage collaboration
In pastoral, educational, and other ministries, our priests and brothers collaborate with laymen and women, civic organizations, local dioceses, and other religious orders. As catalysts for change, we invest personnel and funding in those "turning points" in society where we believe the greatest good can be achieved. Our ministries express the power of faith doing justice, by combining belief in fundamental human dignity with advocacy for the poor and marginalized.
We strive to achieve our goals
In 1996, the California Province adopted four main apostolic goals which continue to guide us:
- Fostering partnership in our Ignatian mission
- Strengthening solidarity with the poor
- Responding to the diversity of our Province
- Evangelizing contemporary culture
We belong to the global Jesuit family
The Society of Jesus, the largest men's religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, assigns some 20,000 priests and brothers to ministries worldwide. The California Province is one of 10 comprising the United States Assistancy. Each province is led by a provincial whose standard term of office is six years. Through the U.S. Jesuit Conference, the 10 provincials coordinate communications, financial resources, formation/secondary education, refugee ministries, pastoral/spiritual ministries, and social/international ministries.
Father Provincial John P. McGarry, S.J., reflects on how Jesuits and laypersons throughout the California Province are multiplying their gifts by partnering in the work of God's Kingdom.
"...we can now say of our contemporary mission that the faith that does justice is, inseparably, the faith that engages other traditions in dialogue, and the faith that evangelizes culture."
No. 20, Servants of Christ's Mission General Congragation 34