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A fire that kindles other fires

In 1540, St. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus along with an energetic group of companions; their goal was to help people find God in their lives and reconcile with God, themselves, their neighbors, and creation.

Jesuits were to travel as missionaries, preaching and administering the sacraments wherever there was hope of bringing greater good. Since its founding, the Order has grown, and today counts more than 16,000 Jesuits worldwide.

Ignazio di Loyola

Storia di un pellegrino

A 30 anni Ignazio è un cavaliere della Corte Reale di Spagna. Nella primavera del 1521 una ferita in battaglia cambia tutto.

Illustrazione di Ignazio di Loyola cavaliere alla corte di Spagna

Historical Archive

The Province Archive, entirely renovated in 2019, holds the records of five former Provinces in the Italian territory and preserves the historical memory of the Society’s communities and works in Italy.

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Documents preserved in the Historical Archive of the Jesuit Euro-Mediterranean Province

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