The Founding of the Society of Jesus:

St. Ignatius Loyola and the Educational Mission


Narrated by Dr. Shannon Byrne, Chair, Classics. (The Introduction can also be read here.)


A Biography - St. Ignatius Loyola: The Founder of the Jesuits
George Traub, S.J. and Debra Mooney, Ph.D.

Reflection Questions:

  • What experiences in St. Ignatius's early life helped him to be the leader that he was in the last 16 years of his life?
  • What are some key events (i.e., circumstances, decisions, coincidences) in my life that have led me to be the leader that I am today?
  • The founding Jesuits had not planned on becoming educators; when did I decide to become an educator?
  • Why did I accept the invitation to teach at Xavier University?