28 Replies to “Ask Br. Casey: Franciscans, Dominicans, and Jesuits”

  1. The Society of Jesus (S.J. – from Latin: Societas Iesu) is a scholarly religious congregation of the Catholic Church which originated in sixteenth-century Spain.

    The members are called Jesuits.

    The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents.

    Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits.

    Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue.

    Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque nobleman from the Pyrenees area of northern Spain, founded the society after discerning his spiritual vocation while recovering from a wound sustained in the Battle of Pamplona.

    He composed the Spiritual Exercises to help others follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    In 1534, Ignatius and six other young men, including Francis Xavier and Peter Faber, gathered and professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope in matters of mission direction and assignment.

    Ignatius's plan of the order's organization was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by a bull containing the "Formula of the Institute".

    Ignatius was a nobleman who had a military background, and the members of the society were supposed to accept orders anywhere in the world, where they might be required to live in extreme conditions.

    Accordingly, the opening lines of the founding document declared that the society was founded for "whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God, to strive especially for the defence and propagation of the faith and for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine."

    Jesuits are thus sometimes referred to colloquially as "God's soldiers", "God's marines", or "the Company", which evolved from references to Ignatius' history as a soldier and the society's commitment to accepting orders anywhere and to endure any conditions.

    The society participated in the Counter-Reformation and, later, in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council.

    The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General.

    The headquarters of the society, its General Curia, is in Rome.

    The historic curia of St. Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit mother church.

    In 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first Jesuit to be elected Pope, taking the name Pope Francis.

  2. Transgender priests, monks, nuns and even high clergy are everywhere . Secret Masonic Transgenderings have been rampant and epidemic in all kinds of churches. This INFECTIONS will destroy homes, churchs, nations, and at last, humankind itself !

  3. brother casey, is it true that Francis and Dominic had exchanged belt/cincture? i heard a story that Dominic before wears cincture while Francis wears belt. After they met, they exchanged else's belt/cincture as a sign of friendship.That is also the reason why Franciscans and Dominicans have this strong-bond. what can you say about that? is it true or a myth?

  4. I am an Australian. We are a very grounded, down to earth people – unlike you Americans. The defining metaphors of America are Disneyland, Hollywood and Broadway. This gorgeous young friar, who is straight, is quintessentially American.
    I forecast that in his 30's he will leave the order, get married, become a Republican and stand for office, oppose abortion, gays, transgendered ppl and get fat and rich while all the while engaging in the deluded thinking that he is still a Franciscan. You don't believe me? Just wait and see!

  5. I loved your joke! Here's one an old Jesuit told me.

    A Trappist goes to a barber to get his haircut, and when he's finished the barber says, "It was an honor to cut the hair of a Holy Man, so no charge. The Trappist is grateful, and when the barber comes to open the shop the next morning, he sees a carton full of beautifully brewed Trappist beer with a note saying "Thank you for you generosity" by the door. Later on, a Franciscan comes to get his hair cut that day, "No cost for a man of the Church," he asserts, "and peace be with you". So the next morning he finds a basket of freshly baked bread, still warm from the oven at the front door, and a note saying "thank you". Later on that day, a Jesuit gets his haircut, and the barber asserts that there is no charge for the clergy. The Jesuit thanks him generously and leaves. The next morning, at his doorstep, are ten more Jesuits.

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