The Jesuits

  • Aug 15, 1534

    St. Ignatius Gathers the First Members

    St. Ignatius of Loyola and his six friends that he met at the University of Paris all swear vows of poverty, chastity, and obiediance to the pope.
  • Period: Oct 16, 1534 to

    Jesuit History

  • Oct 16, 1537

    The Groups Seeks Papal Approval

    Ignatius and his company travel to Italy for an audiance with the pope. They were trying to aquire the pope's approval so that thier fledgling order officially can be established.
  • Sep 27, 1540

    The Jesuits are Officially Formed

    Pope Paul III give Ignatius permission to form the Jesuits, or the Society of Jesus.
  • Mar 14, 1543

    Ignatius Becomes Superior General

    The Society of Jesus held a vote for who will become their leader. All votes but his own were in favor of Ignatius.
  • Oct 16, 1554

    The Jesuit Constitution

    Ignatius wrote the Jesuit Constitution, which stressed the obiedience that all Jesuits vow to the pope.
  • Jul 31, 1556

    Death of St. Ignatius

    Although Ignatius is dead, his legacy lives on in the forms of one of the most influencial orders in church history, and the 74 Jesuit colleges formed during his life.
  • Oct 16, 1580

    The Jesuit Influence Spreads to Japan

    The Japanese government gave the Jesuits fiefdom of Nagasaki.
  • Jesuit Fiefdom Taken Back

    The Japanese government took back the fiefdom of Nagasaki given to the Jesuits seven years earlier due to their growing influence.
  • First Eastern Academy

    The Jesuits found the first Roman-style academic institution in the East, St. Paul Jesuit College in Macau.
  • Jesuits Influence the West

  • Jesuits Expelled from Portugul

    The Portugese secretary of state banished the Society of Jesus from the country.