Walk through the Jesuit District of Rome, an area with the most significant buildings of the society of Jesus, and the religious order of Pope Franciscus! You will visit the Collegium, the University, the famous S. Ignatius chambers and the churches of S. Ignatius and the Gesu. Admire the spectacular Baroque beauties and attend their surprising sacred art exhibition. This excursion will help you understand the fascinating history of this religious order.
The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J. and S.I. or SJ, SI) is the largest Roman Catholic religious order of regular clerks. Members are called Jesuits, Soldiers of Christ, and Foot soldiers of the Pope, because of the founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1441-1556), who was a knight before becoming a priest.
They concentrated on three activities. First, they founded schools throughout Europe. Jesuit teachers were rigorously trained in both classical studies and theology. The Jesuits’ second mission was, as soldiers of the Pope, to convert non-Christians to Catholicism, so they trained? and sent out missionaries. Their third goal was to stop Protestantism from spreading. The zeal of the Jesuits overcame the drift toward Protestantism in Europe.