What is a Jesuit?

What is a Jesuit?


What is a Jesuit

A Jesuit is a member of the Society of Jesus. Basically, it is a Roman Catholic order of priests founded by St Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, and others in 1534. The goal of every member of the Society of Jesuits is to do missionary work. The order is also passionate about the opposition of the Reformation. Jesuits have managed to retain an important influence in the Catholic thought and education even though they sustain a periodic persecution.


The Society of Jesus

It was on the 27th of September 1540, 473 years ago, that the Jesuits community was formed. The Society of Jesus is a catholic religious order. Today, the headquarters of the Society of Jesus is the Church of the Gesu and the General Curia, both located in Rome, Italy. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Every day, we have people all over the world wanting to join the society. The Jesuits are now the largest men’s single religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church.


Being A Jesuit in the Philippines

There are multiple ways of being a member of the Jesuits Society in the Philippines. You can join from very young by going to a Jesuits School. There are multiple steps that need to be done in order to be accepted in the Society. How to become a Jesuit will be taken into consideration into another article on this site.

Being as religious as it can be, the Philippines have multiple Jesuits universities. Here are some examples.

Ateneo de Davao University

Starting with the Ateneo de Davao University, a university located in Davao City. ADDU_sealThis university is based on private  teaching and research. It was established in 1948. The university also runs a grade school and a high school. The Ateneo de Davao University is placed within the 300 best universities of Asia. You can study  humanities, education, accounting, business, law, social sciences, philosophy, nursing, social work, theology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and information technology, engineering, architecture, and public administration. The university also heavily engages itself in research and community social involvement.

Xavier University

This university is a private university. It is run by the Society of Jesus in Cagayan de Oro. 150px-Xavier_University_logoIt was founded in 1933 by an American Jesuit missionary, who later actually became the Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan. The University is named in honor of him, St. Francis Xavier. It includes a Graduate School, a college of Law, a school of Medicine and multiple Undergraduate Units.

There are way more Jesuits institute in the Philippines to name. Another article will mention most of them so that you get a good idea of the current installments the Philippines has for Jesuits.

The Advantages of Being a Jesuits

Being a Jesuits has a lot of advantages, you can get deals and a lot of support by the Jesuits community. Since, the society is becoming even more present as time goes by, it becomes a true advantage to become a Jesuits if your will goes with it of course. This site has partnered with a phone site to provide better phone deals to the Jesuits. You will be able to desimlocker your phone. Another advantage of being a jesuits is that you get support from the community and the resourceful people in the community.

What does it mean to be holy?

Revisit last Sunday’s Gospel with Fr. Tom Steinbugler, SJ and discover a new way of defining holiness…

This clip is from Humayo’t Ihayag, the Sunday Mass on TV5. Special features of the Mass include visual montages that put viewers in proper contemplative mood for prayer and reflection, video footages that complement and enhance the messages of the Scriptures, artful renditions of the texts of the Scriptures, text prompts that aid viewers in reciting communal prayers and responses, as well as lyrics flashed on-screen for viewers to sing along to during the Mass. Humayo’t Ihayag is indeed a Mass that TV audiences will find meaningful and prayerful. Actually, special features are really nice to have, but they require money unfortunately, we recommend donations, but if ever the foundation needs funding it might nice to go see the guys at Loan Solutions, they offer cash loans. Saving money to get more special features and visual montages is always nice. And it also makes the events much better.

It is important to consider the Philippines Jesuits

Tune in to TV5 on Sundays, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m., or check back in next week to watch another homily.

You’re Stupid, But That’s OK

“That’s crazy, and you’re stupid!” said Djerick, my best buddy, when I told him that I was entering Sacred Heart Novitiate.

“You’re up for graduate studies (something that will allow you to get a higher paying job when you finish) and most of all, you have __(insert name of girl here)___. Everyone here in the school wants to be in your shoes! I thought that taking a year off will make you lucid, but instead, you’ve become crazy and stupid. And you’re giving up everything that you’ve wanted and worked for!” he added.

“Dje, you know my story.”

“Kaya nga, I’m trying to wake you up. I’ve seen what you have gone through after being turned down by three seminaries during our fourth year in high school. Don’t you think that’s a sign already? You are not meant to be a priest! Be with __(insert name of girl here)___. She loves you so much, and I think that is what the Lord also wants for you. If you enter, you will be breaking many hearts – your Dad’s included.”

“Dje, I’ve spent a year discerning where the Lord desires to take me. Do you think I haven’t considered all the things that I have to let go of because of this crazy idea of being a priest? Dje, I actually prayed NOT to be accepted. I have so many unresolved issues. I know how unworthy I am because of all the ghosts from my past that haunt me. I have my own plans. I want to be a good and obedient son, the one that my Dad wants me to be. These are the things that keep on coming out in my prayer.”

“Iyon naman pala, eh!”

“But one time, while staring at the cross in Arvisu, these words came to me, “I do not care about your past, all I want to know is whether I have a place in you future. Let me take care of the people you love, give them to me.” And I cried. I was moved to tears because I was so caught up with my fears, with my questions, with what I have to let go of, with my own desires, with my shadows, and with my what-ifs, that I did not see what God was offering to me. If I enter Sacred Heart Novitiate, I may lose the girl who loves me and the dreams I love, but I will have God. I will have him to love.”


“Ron, I still don’t get it! You’re letting go of a good catch and turning your back on so many opportunities.”

I just silently smiled.

“Okay, it seems that you have already made up your mind. I’ll be praying for your happiness!” He smiled back, hugged me, and whispered, “You’re stupid, but that’s okay.”

That was April 5, 2004. Four years later, I received an email from Djerick:

Ron, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you as happy as you are now. I’m really happy for you. Ang daming magagandang pangyayari sa buhay mo ngayon

Ron, please help me pray that I, too, can make stupid decisions like you. That one day, I can hear you say to me, “Dje, you’re stupid, but that’s okay!”
but one thing remains – you’re still stupid! Stupid to volunteer and say yes, and more so to undergo surgery which you don’t need. But I want to tell you how proud I am to be your buddy, how blest I am to know you in this lifetime.

- Ronnie Angelo Duñgo, SJ

Ronnie is now in his 2nd year of Philosophy and is preparing for his regency assignment.

Who are truly free?

Revisit last Sunday’s Gospel with Bishop Chito Tagle. Reflect on a typical day in Jesus’ ministry, and discover what can make you truly free…

These clips are from The Word Exposed, a Jesuit Communications Foundation production whjich airs every Sunday, 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. on TV5.

The Jesuits communications are really there to support all communications between us. Head over to http://www.jescom.ph/ for more information.

Bridging Valentine and Lent

Bridging Valentine and Lent : A Love that Changes Us for the Better

But not like Valentin Stanzel, because a mathematician must develop his love and skills during Valentine.  For more info about Valentin, please go to


Valentine is usually associated with cut-out hearts and red roses; Lent, with crowns of thorns and wooden crosses. But at their cores, Valentine and Lent are actually about the same thing: Love.

From February 15 to 24, in the ten days that bridge Valentine and Lent, Jesuits.ph will be featuring reflections from ten Jesuits – multimedia prayer experiences that seek to rediscover the romance not just of Valentine, but of Lent.

Today, February 24, we reflect on a Love that changes us for the better…

How many times have you tried to change?

Hundreds of times, you have tried to stop smoking… but you just couldn’t.
Thousands of times, you have tried to stop getting drunk… but you just couldn’t.
Millions of times, you have tried to change your bad habits… but you just couldn’t.

Why is change so difficult?

Saint Paul must have felt the same way. He writes:

“For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” Romans 7: 19

But Saint Paul was able to change. From a persecutor of Christians, he became one of the most ardent lovers of Christ.

Saint Ignatius was also able to change. From a life devoted only to wine, women, and song, he became a follower of Christ.

Many other men have followed Ignatius and shunned a life of riches and honor for a life of poverty and humble service. I know them. I live with them here in our seminary.

They were changed…

What made them change?

What made them change? LOVE…

Truly, love can change us. Love can soften the hardest of hearts. Love can conquer the most dreadful of fears. Love can make the impossible possible.

Love changes everything.

We desire to change for the good, for the better, or even for the best. But being human, we are burdened by weaknesses and frailties. We have our pride, our self-centeredness, our fears, our attachments… These are the unfreedoms that hinder us from changing. We also must understand that love is not always related to money and financial management. Valentine is a holiday between two interested people together.

Put yourself in the presence of the Lord.

Present to God whatever change you desire in life. Yes, we are weak, but God is our strength.

However, we also need to remember that God’s love can make us go beyond ourselves. We may be proud, but God can love us into being humble. We may be self-centered, but God can love us into being generous. We may be frail, but God can love us into being faithful.

Fall in love with God. And when you begin to fall in love with Him, you will see how this love can change everything in you.

- Jun-G Bargayo, SJ


What, When, Where…

Cebu Jesuit Vocation Seminar For Male College Students and Young Professionals

Mar. 8, 2009 | 8:00 AM | Sacred Heart Parish, Jakosalem St., Cebu City

Contact Bro. Ernald Andal, SJ (cell. no. 0927-3010-806; email: ernaldsj@yahoo.com) for more info.

Los Baños Jesuit Vocation Seminar for Male College Students and Young Professionals

Mar. 7, 2009 | 1:00 PM | St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, UP-Los Baños, Laguna

contact Bro. Atong Ong, SJ at 0917-JESUITS(5378487) or atongsj@yahoo.com

Quezon City Jesuit Vocation Seminar For Male College Students and Young Professionals

Mar. 1, 2009 | 8:00 AM | 2nd Flr CLC Bldg, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan, Quezon City.

Please txt 0917-JESUITS(5378487) or email Bro. Harvey Mateo, SJ (mateoharvey@yahoo.com) or sjvocations@jesuits.ph

Here is the list of all Jesuit educational Institutions in the Philippines. Click here.