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Society of Jesus

Seal of the Society of JesusThe Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic religious order of priests and brothers popularly known as "The Jesuits." It was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540 when Pope Paul III officially established the Jesuit Order. St. Ignatius was a Basque nobleman and soldier who found God in all things. Today the Jesuits, the largest religious order in the world, continue to serve the church through its diverse ministries. Over 20,000 Jesuits serve the Church in 112 nations on six continents.

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