The Society of Jesus is a world-wide organisation of religious men, numbering about 16,000 spread over the world, of whom over 3000 are working in the provinces of India. In TamilNadu alone there are about 500 Jesuits working in schools and colleges, youth services and social work centers, in parishes and mission out-reach programmes, and in other forms of service and ministry associated with the church.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Founder of the Society of Jesus (1491 - 1556)

1491 - Born at Loyola in Guipuzcoa, Spain
1521 - Decided to Follow Jesus Christ
1537 - Ordained a Priest in Venice
1537 - Moved To Rome
1540 - Founded the Society of Jesus
1541 - Elected the General of Jesuits
1556 - Died in Rome
1622 - Declared a Saint by Pope Gregory XV

Jesuits Madurai Province

Year
Description
1606 The European Jesuits named their mission as "Madura Mission"
1837-1925 The French Jesuits laid the real base for the Present Madura Province.
1852 The Madura Mission was entrusted to the care of Toulouse Province in the South of France
1886 Tiruchirappalli was assumed as the first Jesuit Diocese.
1923 Tuticorin turned out to be the first Indian Diocese of the Latin rite
1938 Madurai was assumed as the first Indian Diocese of the Latin rite.
1929 Madurai Mission was raised to the status of a Vice-Province
15th Aug 1952 Rt.Rev.Jean Baptise Janseens, Superior General of the Society of Jesus announced the creation of independent Jesuit Madurai Province.

Provincials - Jesuit Madurai Province

Year
Provincials
Aug 5,1952 - Feb 3, 1953 (Act. P) Fr.Humbert Pinto
Feb 4,1953 - July 30, 1958 Fr.Douglas Gordon
July 31, 1958 - Apr 21, 1964 Fr.Lawrence Fernandes
Apr 22,1958 - Apr 30,1969 Fr.Arul Maria Varaprasadam
May 1, 1969 - Apr 21,1973 Fr.Douglas Gordon
Apr 22,1973 - Apr 21, 1975 Fr.Gnanadickam Casimir
Apr 22,1975 - Apr, 1981 Fr.Rex A. Pai
Apr 5, 1981 - July 2,1987 Fr.Michael Jeyaraj
July 3, 1987 - June 17,1993 Fr.Aloysius Irudayam
June 18,1993 - Oct 8,1999 Fr.Donatus Jeyaraj
Oct 9,1999 - Nov 14,2005 Fr.Francis P. Xavier
Nov 15, 2005 - 2011 Rev.Dr Devadoss M SJ
2011 - 2017 Rev.Dr Sebasti L Raj SJ
2017 - Till Date Fr.Donatus Jeyaraj
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