Ignatian Women’s Religious Orders

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