3 minutes to briefly explain the history of Jesuits or of the ignatian family in Malta
Situated strategically between Europe and Africa, Malta has very rich Jesuit foundations dating back to the times of St Ignatius, who had seen Malta as a good stepping stone between the continents.
By 1593 the Jesuits had opened the ‘Collegium Melitense’ (eventually the University of Malta), a church and novitiate, whilst also serving the poor, preaching and establishing marian congregations.
Over 170 years ago, Jesuits returned to Malta, following the suppression. Today we focus on 4 main areas: youth, education, spirituality and migrants, with 37 Jesuits in Malta, 19 of whom are under 75.
The vibrant Chaplaincy of the University of Malta has a Jesuit Chaplain and welcomes students all year round, offering accompaniment and voluntary work opportunities.
Dar Manwel Magri, the Jesuit residence next door to the University is a hub of activity for young people, a place to meet for study, relaxation, formation and CLC meetings.
Jesuits residing in this community have various missions working with youth, pastoral work and the spiritual and intellectual apostolates.
Education has of course always been central to the mission of Jesuits in Malta.
The excellent support offered by the management team, staff and Jesuit community at St Aloysius College reaches some 1400 students from primary level through to secondary and right up to sixth form.
Jesuits residing at the College community work at College as well as in other areas including pastoral work, formation and publishing.
Paulo Freire Institute in Zejtun continues to offer support to the most vulnerable in the local community.
The Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta plays a leading role in advocacy, support and awareness-building for the asylum-seekers who reach our shores.
Community members at Loyola House in Naxxar remain active in pastoral work and prayer ministry, while those who receive special care reside in the infirmary there.
The challenges are many, but we remain devoted to our mission, together with scores of lay persons who share our vision.