St. Ignatius Loyola Day

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s feast day is celebrated on July 31st each year. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian who lived in the 16th century. He is best known as the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits.

St. Ignatius Loyola Day

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s feast day is celebrated on July 31st each year. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian who lived in the 16th century. He is best known as the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits.

AICUF 100: Centenary Celebrations Inauguration

The AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) Centenary Celebrations Inauguration was a landmark event, drawing over 300 AICUF members, Senior AICUF members, Animators and Advisors from across India at St Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, the birthplace of AICUF. 

JAM MAG+S -2024: "Embrace Mag+s - Ignite the Fire Within"

JAM MAG+S 2024, with its theme “Embrace Mag+s – Ignite the Fire Within,” was held at XIM University, Bhubaneswar, on 26-30 May 2024. It was organized by the Jamshedpur Province Youth Commission under the leadership of Fr. Niranjan Minj, SJ, JYMSA Coordinator.

Jesuit Youth Ministry of South Asia ( JYMSA) - Annual Meeting 2024

The Jesuit Youth Ministry of South Asia (JYMSA) Annual Meeting 2024 was held on 02-05 May 2024 at Godavari, Kathmandu, Nepal. There were 15 Jesuit Youth Coordinators of the South Asia Assistancy participated in it.

South Zone Workshop for our School Principals

School Principals’ Enhancement and Enrichment Programme (PEEP) was organized from 1-4 May 2024 in Bangalore for 32 Jesuit Principals from the South Zone

South Zone New Teachers’ Induction Workshop

New Teachers’ Induction Workshop for 37 teachers from the five southern provinces was held from 1-10 May 2024 at Kodaikanal.

Human Fraternity for World peace and Living Together: International Day of Living Together in Peace

The workshop on `Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together’ took place on 14-15 May 2024 at the Our lady of Health Shrine Retreat Centre, Vellankanni.

Annual Review of our Life-Mission: South Asia Conference Apostolic works, Secretariats, Forums and Networks

South Asia Conference Communities, Apostolic works, Secretariats, Forums and Networks annual review of Life-Mission Meeting was held on 24 April 2024 at De Nobili College, Pune.

Way Forward: Reimagining and Restructuring

Reimagining and Restructuring the Conference Formation Houses (CHF) and Conference Apostolic Works (CAW) of Society of Jesus in South Asia was held on 21-23 April 2024 at De Nobili College (DNC), Pune.

Workshop on Ecology by Jesuit West Zone Ecology Platform

The Jesuit West Zone Ecology Platform held a Workshop at Vinayalaya, Mumbai on 11th and 12th April 2024, with 38 participants, including Jesuits, Religious Sisters and lay Collaborators.

A play by the WZ Jesuit Juniors at Vinayalaya, March 2024

On Sunday 24th March 2024, the Jesuit Juniors at Vinayalaya staged a two-act play titled “An Enemy of The People.” This play was written way back in the year 1882 by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.

Central and North Zone MAIN meets at Jharna, Ranchi

Migrant Assistance & Information Network (MAIN) Central-North Zonal three-day training on ‘Involving in advocacy-related activities’ was conducted in Jharna, Namkum, Ranchi on 9-11 May.

Diaconate Ordination at Vidyajyothi, Delhi

On the 2nd of March, 2024, the Vidyajyoti community witnessed a momentous occasion as thirty-five young men were ordained Deacons. The Dioconate Ordination Eucharist was presided over by Most Rev. Archbishop Anil J.T. Couto.

International Seminar at Vidyajyothi, Delhi

Three days seminar on the theme “Peace and Reconciliation: Journey Towards the Reign of God” commenced with a brief prayer, followed by a warm welcome to guests from around the globe by Fr. Raj Kumar.


The Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) met at Kozhikade, Kerala, on 18-24 February 2024. The agenda for the meeting included sessions on re-imagining the Society in the region and implementing the new Instruction for Administration and Finances.

Media Bootcamp for DNC-Pune Scholastics

Scholastics of DNC-Pune had 4 days Media Bootcamp on 13-16 February 2024. It was a joint venture of Communication Office Curia-Rome and JCSA Communication Office moving into DNC-Studio, training 10 Scholastics to explore more of Media Skills.

MAIN Training Program at Indian Social Institute, Bangalore

JCSA South and West Zonal MAIN (Migrant Assistance & Information Network) conducted 3-days training progamme: `Learning from one another in emergency interventions’ at Indian Social Institute (ISI) Bangalore on 02-04 February 2024.

Transitioning into a University - Envisioning the NEP 2020

Jesuit Higher Education Association of South Asia (JHEASA) West Zone oganized a conference on January 20, 2024, titled “Transitioning into a University: Envisioning NEP 2020” at the Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai.

Ignatian Leadership, Evangelization and Synodality

Forty West Zone (Bombay, Goa, Gujarat and Pune) Jesuit pastors gathered for a seminar on the theme ‘Ignatian Leadership, Evangelization and Synodality’, from January 15 to 17, 2024, at St. Xavier Retreat House, Baga, Goa. Fr. Roland Coelho, Provincial of Goa Province,

St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru gets University status

The University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Education, Government of India, has approved the proposal for the status of Deemed to be University by the well-known St. Aloysius College (Autonomous)

Who We Are

The Society of Jesus was founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola and his companions in 1540. With a global membership of more than 16,000 members, the Society operates through six Conferences spread across over 110 countries. Jesuits live and work in about 80 Provinces and Regions across the world. The Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA), which has 22 Provinces, is one of the Conferences. It has its presence in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan. The JCSA has over 400 schools (urban and rural), about 60 higher education institutions (including the prestigious XLRIs, Loyola College and St. Xavier’s College). It has a network of over 100 social work centres. It also has research centres (Indian Social Institute—Delhi and Bengaluru), initiatives such as the inter-religious dialogue, empowering the marginalised through livelihood promotion, skilling the youth, supporting refugees and the displaced, helpline for migrants, etc.

The Jesuits in South Asia are aligned with the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the Society of Jesus, and as a Conference it has  the following preferences:

a) Ensuring Quality Education;b) Promoting Ecology and Justice; c) Accompanying Youth; d) Fostering Peace and Reconciliation; and e) Promoting Renewal and Spirituality of Seeing God in All Things.


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What We Do

One Mission, Many Ministries: Responding to the Call of Christ the King

Jesuits are motivated by a deep, personal love of Jesus Christ and a “desire to imitate in some manner our Creator and Lord Jesus Christ … since he is the way which leads to life” (St Ignatius of Loyola). We seek to be “contemplatives in action” combining the service of faith with the promotion of justice, following the example of our founder, St Ignatius, who strove to “find God in all things.” We consider ourselves to be sent on mission with Jesus as companions consecrated for service under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Jesuits are best known in the fields of education (schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, theological faculties), intellectual research, and spiritual renewal. In South Asia ,Jesuits run schools, universities and parishes and engage in missionary work, social justice, inter-religious dialogue, and other ‘frontier’ ministries. Most importantly, we continue the tradition of providing retreats based on The Spiritual Exercises, the foundational work of St Ignatius. The goal of the Jesuit mission is to be ever available for the greater universal good, desiring always the “magis”, that which is truly better “For the Greater Glory of God.” It is this availability for the Church’s universal mission that marks the Society of Jesus as an apostolic religious order.

The Universal Apostolic Preferences

There are four working fields to which the Society of Jesus will pay special attention and in which it will invest a significant portion of its various resources over the next few years.





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