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Jesuits

  • There are 50 Saints and 150 Blesseds in the Jesuits Order.
  • The highest numbers of Martyrs for the faith are from the Jesuits.
  • Jesuits have spent more man-years in jail than members of any other order have.
  • In the election to name the successor of Pope Paul III five members voted for Ignatius.
  • There are 1825 Jesuit Houses in 112 countries.
  • There are 90 Jesuits Colleges in 27 countries.
  • There are also 430 Jesuit High Schools in 55 countries.
  • 35 Lunar craters have been named after Jesuit scientists.
  • Two Jesuits along with Galileo prepared a map of the moon which was later used in voyages to the moon.
  • By A.D. 1750, 30 of the world’s 130 astronomical observatories were run by Jesuits astronomers
  • The Gregorian calendar was the work of the Jesuit Christopher Clavius.
  • Ferdinand Verbiest determined the elusive Russo-Chinese border.
  • China has recently erected a monument to the Jesuit scientists of the 17th century.
  • Jesuits explorers first charted five of the major rivers of the world.
  • Two of the statues in Statuary Hall in Capitol in Washington are of Jesuits – Eusebio Kino and Jacquest Marquette.
  • 500 postal stamps have been published on Jesuits in 40 countries.
  • The Spiritual Exercises written by St. Ignatius Loyola has been published some 4500 times, an average of once a month for the past 400 years. The number of copies printed has been estimated to be some 4.5 million.

Some Jesuit Scientists

  • Fr. Matteo Ricci SJ : Mathematician and Astonomer at the Chinese Court.
  • Fr. Scheiver SJ : discovered the sun-spots.
  • Fr. Georgoire de St. Vincent SJ : Founder of the analytical geometry along with Descartes and Fermiot.
  • Fr. Gusamao SJ : invented the first air-balloons.
  • Fr. Secchi SJ : did the topographical survey of the moon, special studies of nebulai and the first classification of stars.
  • Fr. De Vico SJ : discovered several comets and was one of those who observed the transit of Venus.
  • Fr. Cecil Saldanha SJ : Taxonomist. He has done extensive research and published volumes on Hassan and Karnataka Flora.
  • Fr. Santapau SJ : Taxonomist. He had collected more than 100,000 specimens and was an internationally recognized authority on Plant-taxonomy and Systematics. He led a delegation of Indian Botanists to USSR and Edinburgh. He was bestowed with ‘Padma Shri’ Award.

Some renowned Jesuits

  • Fr. Rudolf Aquaviva SJ and Companions were in the court of Akbar at the Emperor’s request.
  • Br. Anthony Moscheni SJ embellished the St. Aloysius College Chapel, Mangalore, Karnataka with his paintings.
  • Br. Peter Rayappan SJ of Shembaganur served in postal services for 36 years and the Government of India recognized him nationally as managing “the best post office in India” and conferred on him the “Padma Shri”.
  • Fr. Guy Rajendra SJ was the Vice Chancellor of Batticolao University, Sri Lanka.
  • Fr. Henrique Henriques SJ composed a Tamil Grammar in 1555.
  • Fr. Thomas Stephens SJ wrote a Kannada Grammar in 1640, the first ever grammar of an Indian language to be printed in India.
  • Fr. Robert de Nobili SJ (1577-1656) is the first European Sanskrit scholar and he was proficient in Tamil and Telugu.
  • Fr. Camil Bulcke (1909-1982) is a scholar in Hindi and Sanskrit. His English-Hindi dictionary is a well-known stardard work.
  • Fr. Ignacimuthu SJ is the first Jesuit and a priest Vice-Chancellor of a University in India.

The Jesuits connected with U.N.O. in New York

  • Fr. Jerome D’Souza SJ, India, was several times (1949, 1951-52, 1955, 1957) a member of the Indian Delegation to the General Assembly. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly and contributed much to the minority rights in the Constitution of India.
  • Fr. Theo Matheas SJ, India (XLRI, Jamshedpur), was sent by the Government to represent India at the UN.
  • Fr. Stany D’Souza SJ, India, well known demographer, who worked on a number of demography projects for Asia and Africa.
  • Fr. Emmanuel de Breuvery SJ, France, Head of the Section of Energy and Water Resources (1952). Director of the Resources and Transport Section (1960-64).
  • Fr. Francois Russo SJ, France, Representative of the Holy See to the UN Conference on the Seas (1975, 1978) and member of the Holy See at the UN Conference on diplomatic relations (1961) and Human Establishments (1976).
  • Fr. Josse Van der Rest SJ, Belgium-Chile), Director of the Latin American and Asia Service for Popular Housing.