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Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus is a Religious Order founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola. Designated by him “The Company of Jesus” to indicate its true leader. The title was Latinized into “Societas Jesu” in the Letter of Pope Paul III approving its formation and the first Formula of its Institute (“Regimini militantis ecclesia”, September 27, 1540). The term “Jesuit” is of fifteenth-century origin, meaning one who used too frequently or appropriated the name of Jesus. It was first applied to the Society in reproach, and was never employed by its founder, though members and friends of the Society in time accepted the name in its good sense.


An Invitation

The occasion of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus has been a God-given opportunity for us to refelct, pray, renew, celebrate and to thank God. I thank God in a special way for the many generous men and women, benefactors and alumni/ae, who pray for, support, and work alongside my Jesuit companions as partners in our diverse works in the service of God and country: sharing and witnessing to the Gospel, educating the young in urban and rural centres, accompanying those denied dignity and opportunities, and mentoring and moulding talented leaders with ability and compassion, bent on promoting the justice that our faith demands of us all.

In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Jesus, as the Sovereign Lord of all creation, yet poor and humble, invites us all to work alongside him for the transformation of the world into a new world order that God wants established in our midst. With our eyes on the Reign of God, let us place our gifts at the service of God our Creator and Lord, who extends to us the privilege of engaging the world under his banner of love.

Explore this site to see what the Jesuits of Calcutta Province and their many partners in ministry are doing. Perhaps you will want to join us in some way on this grace-filled journey of transforming the world.

We welcome you !

One mission, many ministries, many hands

Jeyaraj Veluswamy, S.J.

Provincial

A Brief History ofBengal Jesuit Mission

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  • 1574 - Frs. Antonio Vaz ,S.J and Pedro Dias, S.J came to Bengal along with the traders as soul-saviors.
  • 1575 - Fr. Francisco Fernandez, S.J. and Fr. Domingo de Souza, S.J. were entrusted with the Bengal Mission.
  • 1578 - Fr. Francisco Fernandez , S.J. was appointed the first superior of Bengal Mission.
  • 1579-80 - Fr. Antonio Tavares, S.J. founded Ugolim (Hooghly) at the mouth of the Ganges near the first settlement of Satgaon.
  • 1599 - King Pratapaditya of Jassore invited the Jesuits to his kingdom with a gift of land at Iswaripur, Khulna.
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