who are the Jesuits
For over 475 years, in 112 nations on six continents the Society of Jesus has been known for:
- A Spirituality of service to the world
- Work in education at all levels
- Missionary enterprise
- Leadership in the Catholic Church
- Intellectual research and cultural pursuits
In the United States, there are over 1.6 million alumni from 28 universities and 60 high schools. Alumni seek to continue their lives as Men and Women for others and to serve Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God).
The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit was founded in 2013.
The mission of The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit (JAFD) is to create an informal network of those who have been inspired by their experience of Jesuit ministries or are interested in learning about the Jesuit mission and spirituality of St. Ignatius.
The JAFD seeks to promote the call to be men and women for others through Jesuit ministries in the Detroit metropolitan area. In line with this mission, the JAFD will aid solely in the promotion of activities of Jesuit-related organizations.
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The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. They opened their first school in Messina, Sicily, in 1548. Today there are hundreds of Jesuit schools throughout the globe, with many hundreds of thousands of students and millions of living alumni. They constitute the largest educational system or network in the world.
The Cleveland Loyola Club started in November of 2006 when a small group of alumni from Jesuit institutions decided to organize a luncheon speaker program. In 2012 a National Steering Committee was formed and explored the idea of replicating the Cleveland Loyola Club in other cities. In 2013 a group of interested alumni in Detroit began our Jesuit Friends and Alumni of Detroit, which later gave birth to the Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network of Grand Traverse. Similar groups have been established in Chicago, Washington DC, and other cities.
In other parts of the world, educational institutions have not usually organized their alumni as U.S. schools do. This allowed associations of Jesuit alumni to develop earlier, along different lines. These associations formed the World Union of Jesuit Alumni in Bilbao, Spain, in 1956, which now holds an international congress every few years. The first such congress in North America will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, in July of 2017.