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Euro-Mediterranean Province of the Society of Jesus


Art and spirituality

In 1568 the Jesuits built their first church in the center of Rome and dedicated it to the “Name of Jesus”. It was imitated, for centuries, in countless churches that the Jesuits built throughout the world, becoming a model of Jesuit architecture.

Among the key features of our churches:

  • the central location in the city, reflecting Ignatius’ intuition to seek God in the heart of the human experience;
  • the plan as a “classroom”, to facilitate the proclamation of the Word;
  • the “trigram” IHS, an abbreviation of the Name of Jesus, that emphasizes the personal relationship with Christ;
  • the importance of the Eucharist (in the context of the Catholic Reformation);
  • the presence, on the sides or in the transepts, of the two main saints of the Society as symbols of the institution’s centrality (St. Ignatius) and of the passion that leads to the last frontiers (St. Francis Xavier),
  • the baroque style (as art that gets the “5 senses” involved in the experience of the encounter with God).

Our churches

Interno della Chiesa del Collegio San Michele dei padri gesuiti ad Alghero

Chiesa del Collegio – San Michele

Largo San Francesco 14, 07041 Alghero (SS)
Processione all'esterno della Chiesa di San Michele dei padri gesuiti a Cagliari

San Michele

Via Ospedale 2, 09124 Cagliari
Concerto corale presso la Chiesa di San Tomaso dei padri gesuiti a Cuneo

San Tomaso

Via Statuto 14, 12100 Cuneo
Chiesa di San Luigi Gonzaga dei padri gesuiti a Napoli

S. Luigi Gonzaga

Via Francesco Petrarca 115, 80123 Napoli
Interno della parrocchia Cristo Re dei padri gesuiti a Pescara

Cristo Re

Via del Santuario 160, 65125 Pescara
Interno della basilica di San Saba all'Aventino a Roma

San Saba

Piazza Gian Lorenzo Bernini 20, 00153 Roma
Celebrazione solenne alla Chiesa del Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Satu Mare, Romania

Sacro Cuore di Gesù

Strada Ioan Slavici 16, 440042 Satu Mare, Romania
Chiesa del SS. Cuore di Gesù a Tirana, Albania

SS. Cuore di Gesù

Rruga Kavajes 152, 1001 Tirana, Albania
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate dei padri gesuiti a Chieri

Sant’Antonio Abate

Via Sant’Agostino 1, 10023 Chieri (TO)
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