From early times, Jesuits have seen the potential for communications in spreading the Word of God. Ignatius himself bought a printing press when he was the head of the Society, the first of many Jesuit publishing enterprises.
The Province has a deep involvement in media, with print and online publications serving Catholic and non-Catholic audiences across the country. In addition, there are Jesuits involved in helping Catholics engage with the modern media through the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting.
Jesuit Communications was established in 2005 as a media organisation serving the Catholic Church, as well as providing communications support for the Jesuit Province Office.
Jesuits in Australia have been publishing materials for the Catholic community for more than 100 years. Madonna magazine first began publishing in November 1897 and continues to be published today. Eureka Street was first printed in 1991, and became an online journal in 2006. Australia’s largest Catholic publication, Australian Catholics, was established in 1993.
Province Express is the fortnightly newsletter of the Australian Jesuits, featuring news stories, profiles and reflections from Jesuits and companions in Australia and abroad. Companions is a bi-annual print publication, which is distributed through Jesuit ministries and houses.
Jesuits migrated to Australia from Austria in 1848. They settled at Sevenhill in the beautiful Clare Valley and established Sevenhill Cellars in 1851, making it the oldest existing winery in the region.
Sevenhill Cellars provides sacramental wine for religious communities in Australia and in Asia. The Cellars also produces a variety of award-winning white, red and fortified wines.
Funds from the sales of Sevenhill Wines help support the Jesuits in their ministries in Australia.