The Modern Jesuit Parish

A Jesuit parish is committed to the pastoral goals and policies of the diocese, at the same time participating in the apostolic priorities of the Society of Jesus.

The parish gathers as a community to celebrate its joys, struggles and hopes:

  • in the Word of God, in the Eucharist and in other sacraments,
  • in well planned, creative and inculturated ways.

A parish becomes an evangelized and evangelizing community, committed to justice and reconciliation, and makes its popular devotions relevant to contemporary needs.

Fr Karl Hermann SJ, parish priest of St Rupert's Makonde, rural mission in Diocese of Chinhoyi

Characteristics of a Jesuit Parish

  • It is energised by Ignatian spirituality, especially through the Spiritual Exercises, and by individual and communal discernment. 
  • It tries to provide well developed programs in chatechisis and formation for both individuals and families.
  • It offers opportunities for spiritual direction and pastoral counseling
  • Following the model for making choices in the Spiritual Exercises, it helps individuals to discern their vocation in life.
  • The parish opens itself progressively to economical and interreligious dialogue.
  • It reaches out to alienated christians as well as to non-believers. 
  • It grows into a participative church, through such means as small Christian communities.
  • It promotes opportunities for lay participation and leadership. 

In its service of the faith, a Jesuit parish is called upon to develop strategies to promote local and global justice, by means of both personal conversion and structural change.

Networking with other Jesuit apostolic works, as well as other eccelial and civil organization, it opposes all forms of discrimination, and contributes to a genuine cholture of solidarity which transcends parish boundaries.