Jesuits are members of a Catholic sect known as the Order of Jesus. The Order of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556). The order is dedicated to mission work in the most impoverished areas of the world. In addition, Jesuits also operate schools and advocate for matters of social justice.

St. Ignatius was Spanish born and originally planned to be a professional soldier. His military career ended in 1521 when a cannon ball shattered his leg during the Battle of Pamplona. During his recovery, he spent many months in prayer and reading about the contribution of Christian missionaries and martyrs. Once he had recovered, he spent time at several European universities before becoming ordained as a priest and offering his services ...

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