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What is a Jesuit?

What is a Jesuit is a popular question today as new Pope Francis I is one.

What is the Society of Jesus?

The Society of Jesus is a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Jesuits are the largest male religious order in the world, with approximately 19,000 members internationally.
How was the Society of Jesus founded?

Ignatius of Loyola founded the 'Company of Jesus' with six others (Francisco Xavier, Pierre Faber, Alonso Salmerón, Diego Laínez, Nicolás Bobadilla and Simão Rodriguez) and took their first vows at a Mass at Montmartre in Paris in 1534. In 1537 they traveled to Italy to receive permission from Pope Paul III for the religious order. Later that year, Ignatius and his companions were ordained to the priesthood in Venice, Italy. On September 27, 1540, at the Palazzo San Marco in Rome, Pope Paul III signed the Bull "Regimini militantis ecclesiae," establishing the Society of Jesus officially as a religious order.

How is the Society of Jesus organized?

Jesuits around the world are organized into 91 geographic areas called provinces governed by a provincial superior who is appointed by and reports directly to the Society's Superior General. Jesuit provinces are grouped into 10 regional "assistancies," each with an "assistant" to Father General in Rome. In the United States, ten provinces form a single assistancy.

Who is the current Superior General of the Society of Jesus?

On January 19, 2008, Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, moderator of the East Asian Assistancy, was elected 30th Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Please also see our Superior General section of the website.

Where does the name Jesuit come from?

It was first applied derisively to the Society, meaning "one who used too frequently or appropriated the name of Jesus." While never employed by its founder, members and friends of the Society in time appropriated the name in its now positive meaning.

What are the vows that Jesuits take? What is the fourth vow?

Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. The fourth vow is of obedience to the Pope with regard to mission.
What is the formula for the four solemn vows that Jesuits take?

I, (name), make my profession, and I promise to Almighty God, in the presence of his Virgin Mother, the whole heavenly court, and all those here present and to you , Reverend Father (Provincial, Rector, etc.) representing the Superior General of the Society of Jesus and his successors and holding the place of God, perpetual poverty, chastity and obedience; and, in conformity with it, special care for the instruction of children, according to the manner of living contained in the apostolic letters of the Society of Jesus and its Constitutions.

I further promise a special obedience to the Sovereign Pontiff in regard to the missions according to the same apostolic letters and Constitutions.

Place (name), in the Church of (name), on the date of (date)

(Signatures of the one making vows and the one receiving them).


Missionary Hattie B. Humphrey’s civic birthday celebration

(Photo credit: Seated (from left) are Judge Katherine L. Hansen, Judge Demetria Bruce, Missionary Hattie B. Humphrey, Monique Marks and Judge Brenda Sanders. Standing (from left) are referee Kelly Ramsey, Judge Kevin F. Robbins, Judge Christoper D. Dingell, Judge Donald Coleman, Judge David S. Robinson Jr. and Judge Wanda A. Evans.)

Join Missionary Hattie B. Humphrey as she celebrates her Civic Birthday Celebration titled "Standing on the Promises." The special event will be held at Roberts Riverwalk Hotel on Saturday, March 16, starting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Monique at (313) 363-1707 or Michael VanTull at (313) 283-2572.


Unity Baptist Church celebrating pastor’s 50th anniversary

Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Valmon D. Stotts, pastor and first lady at Unity Baptist Church, will be the honorees during celebration of Rev. Stotts' 50th anniversary as Unity pastor.

The anniversary theme is "Fifty Years of Faithful Leadership and Service Rendered to God Church, and Community." Events begin at a kickoff banquet set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Roostertail., and will culminate Sunday, March 17, with services featuring guest sermons from two dynamic ministers.

Delivering the 11 a.m. sermon will be the Rev. Bernard Byles, pastor of Church of Our Father Baptist (Rev. Stotts' home church). Speaking at 4 p.m. will be the Rev. Dr. Tellis J. Chapman, pastor of Galillee Baptist Church.

"Everyone is invited to come out and worship with us as we honor and thank God for our pastor and first lady," said Deacon and Mrs. Willie Stokes, anniversary chairs.

Unity Baptist Church is located at 7500 Rev. Valmon D. Stotts Ave. (Tireman).

For more information, call the church office at (313) 933-9799.


Swanson to speak during pastoral banquet

O'Neil D. Swanson, president and CEO, Swanson Funeral Homes Inc., will be a guest speaker during the 14th Anniversary Pastoral Banquet of Pastor Dr. Michael Andrew Owens. The event will be held on Sunday, March 17, at Hotel St. Regis, 3071 W. Grand Blvd., starting at 10 a.m. The theme is "A Vessel Of Honor" (IITimothy 2:20-22)

For more information, call (313) 923-3060.


Gospel Choir of Howard University benefit concert

New Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church will present the Howard University Gospel Choir in its third annual benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15. The concert, "Live in Detroit," will feature local gospel artists LaToya M. Turrentine and Derrick Milan & the Krew. This year's host will be CoCo from FM 98 WJLB.

The concert will be held at Leland Baptist Church, located at 22420 Fenkell St., in Detroit. Tickets can be purchased at God's World and New Hermon Baptist Church.

For more information, call (313) 928-2828 or (202) 758-5193.


New Listings

1. Fellowship Chapel U.C.C.
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    Telephone: (313)347-2820
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    Last Name: Anthony
2. Full Truth Fellowship Church
    Created: 31 Jul 2012
    Telephone: (313)896-0233
    First Name: Darlene
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3. God's Inspirational Kingdom
    Created: 31 Jul 2012
    Telephone: (313)898-2500
    First Name: Lessie
    Last Name: R. Brown
4. Grace Out-Reach Ministry
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5. Greater Heritage of Christ Church
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    First Name: Tracy
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