There are many women’s orders both founded on the Jesuit Constitutions and inspired by Ignatian spirituality, discernment, and call to mission. Some were founded by women who originally felt called to the Society of Jesus, and some by women who found SJ methods useful and Ignatius inspiring. Often a community and ministry arose from the special friendship between its founder and a Jesuit priest, whether as coworker, spiritual director, confessor, or biological brother! Each community has its own way of life and ministry, which arose and continue to adapt in response to the needs of its time and place. Here are just a few to check out. The list will grow, as I am always learning! Please contact me if you have a community to add.
The Congregation of Jesus (CJ), founded in 1609 formerly the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IVBM)
The Congregation of Saint Joseph (CSJ), founded in 1650 also known as the Sisters of St. Joseph (SSJ)
The Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), founded in 1684 formerly the Beatas de la Compañia de Jesús
The Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ), founded in 1800 also known as rscjs, formerly the Madams of the Sacred Heart
The Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle (rc), founded in 1826 also known as the Cenacle Sisters
The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC), founded in 1877 also known as the Cabrini Sisters