Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, has been elected the 266th pope with the name Francis. He is the first non-European pope and the first Jesuit pope.
So what is a Jesuit?
Jesuit schools have educated society's leaders for over 450 years. Xavier's Jesuit, Catholic tradition of academic excellence inspires students to think and communicate effectively, to foster a love of lifelong learning, to serve others, and to find God in all things.
Xavier University’s Center for Mission and Identity engages faculty, staff and administrators in understanding spirituality and education in the Jesuit tradition as the foundation of Xavier University's mission. It develops programs that integrate Xavier's mission into the daily work of faculty, staff, and administrators, provides digital and print resources through www.jesuitresource.org, facilitates participation in national and consortium-based mission initiatives, and is the home of the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Institute for Jesuit Education.