The Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, are a 500-year-old group of Catholic priests and brothers who were founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Their spirituality takes seriously God’s ability to speak to the individual in his or her heart. Because they seek to find God in all things, they have a long-standing commitment to education, specifically the education of the whole person across all dimensions including the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Jesuits are known for giving the Spiritual Exercises, direction, and discernment. The Jesuit Apostolates of the United States are divided up into provinces governed by a provincial. Verbum Dei Jesuit is a part of the Jesuits West Province that includes Jesuit communities from Alaska to Hawaii to Montana to California. The large province provides opportunities for all these communities and apostolates to work together. Curious about a Jesuit life? Learn more at