Running the Jesuit Numbers

For a a global view of the Society of Jesus, examine The Changing Jesuit Geography, a paper by Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ, executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.  There are 18,266 Jesuits worldwide, about 2000 more than there were in 1910 (but 18,000 fewer than there were in 1965).  The center of gravity in the Society is shifting to the developing world:

Over the course of 30 years the Society of Jesus worldwide will have “flipped” in its geographic composition from two-third / one-third division of developed to developing world, to the reverse.  Added to this is the great change in age distribution across the Society which is resulting in a rapid shift from a more European/USA Vatican II perspective to a more Indian/African post-Vatican II perspective.  The change is both in generation and in geography which may be more creative and/or disruptive than might be assumed.


  1. The harvest is plentiful. We need to pray to the Lord of the harvest that He may call many more zealous laborers to his vineyard.


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