Society of Jesus
For the Greater Glory of God
|Formation||27 September 1540|
|Society of Jesus|
The Society of Jesus (S.J. – from
Ignatius was a nobleman who had a military background, and the members of the society were supposed to accept orders anywhere in the world, where they might be required to live in extreme conditions. Accordingly, the opening lines of the founding document declared that the society was founded for "whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God
[a] to strive especially for the defence and propagation of the faith and for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine."
 Jesuits are thus sometimes referred to colloquially as "God's soldiers",
 "God's marines",
 or "the Company", which evolved from references to Ignatius' history as a soldier and the society's commitment to accepting orders anywhere and to endure any conditions.
 The society participated in the
The Society of Jesus is
In 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first Jesuit to be elected Pope, taking the name
|South Latin America||1,221||7%|
|North Latin America||1,226||7%|
|Central and East Europe||1,641||10%|
The Jesuits today form the largest single
The society is divided into 83 provinces along with six independent regions and ten dependent regions.  On 1 January 2007, members served in 112 nations on six continents with the largest number in India and the US. Their average age was 57.3 years: 63.4 years for priests, 29.9 years for scholastics, and 65.5 years for brothers.