Jesuits are priests and brothers who work in parish and retreat ministry, in high schools and colleges, in refugee camps, with indigenous Australians, and in many other settings. Jesuits may be found working as lawyers and doctors, psychologists and counsellors, writers and journalists, theologians and philosophers, researchers and scientists.
In short, Jesuits do all kinds of work. Their mission is everywhere and always the promotion of faith in Jesus Christ and the justice demanded by that faith.
To be a Jesuit is to know that one is a sinner, yet called to be a companion of Jesus as Ignatius was: Ignatius who begged the Blessed Virgin to ‘place him with her Son’ and who then saw the Father himself ask Jesus, carrying the Cross, to take this pilgrim into his company.
With this in mind, the sort of man we would invite to consider a Jesuit vocation is one who is aware of his humanity and weakness but has the openness to grow that would enable him to follow Jesus as one of us now and in the future.
'The Jesuit vocation
means living the Gospel message fully,
perhaps even heroically.
It is not an easy life.
It is a wonderful vocation.
Everything for the greater glory of God; more is not possible',
Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ,
Superior General 1965–1983.
Br Ian Cribb SJ