Resources for Jesuit women

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Venerable Mary Ward, founder of the Congregation of Jesus

The purpose of this page is to help interested women connect with resources to study our shared history, and also to share resources that are helping me to discover, describe, and live out a Jesuit life.  I have tried to link wherever possible to make your reading easier.  The list will be growing!  If you have a resource to nominate, or an online pdf version for linking, please send it to jesuitwomen via the Contacts page.

Jesuit Life

  • The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola
  • Our Jesuit Life.  The Institute of Jesuit Sources: St. Louis, MO, 1990.
  • The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms.  John W. Padberg, S.J, ed.  The Institute of Jesuit Sources: St. Louis, MO, 1996.
  • Our Way of Proceeding: To Make the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms Our Own.  William A. Barry, S.J.  The Institute of Jesuit Sources: St. Louis, MO, 1997.  (If you’re drawn to this, see a prayerful reading plan I’m experimenting with.)

The Love of God: First Principle and Foundation

  • Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World, 1999.  Henri J.M. Nouwen.
  • First Principle and Foundation: Two Interpretations

Jesuit Women: History and Context

Prayers to Memorize

  • Some prayers to help you find your way.  Try it!

Our Mission from the Pope

Church Documents

These documents, clearly, are not beach reading – though you could start a trend!  They are here because they are shaping our faith and our Church.  A Jesuit way of life both intimately claims, and directly engages with Jesus as friend and Lord, Mary as Mother, the entire Church as both holy mother and body of Christ.  Both personal experience and Church documents are a great place to start.