Parishes and Retreat Centers
Throughout the United States, Jesuit priests and brothers work with deacons, religious women and laity in more than 70 parishes. These churches are located in inner city neighborhoods, business districts, academic centers, suburbs, rural areas, and Native American reservations. Other Jesuits serve full-time in diocesan parishes or as chaplains in hospitals and the military.
Ignatian spirituality, the vision of the relationship between God and the human person grounded in the mystical experiences of St. Ignatius, has its primary expression in his book of The Spiritual Exercises. More than 20 retreat houses and spirituality centers in the United States provide a variety of services based on The Spiritual Exercises for clergy, men and women religious and lay people. Some 200 Jesuits are engaged full-time in directing people through the Exercises. Jesuits who are primarily committed to other apostolates often share their spirituality with colleagues and students through retreats and spiritual direction.