What We Do
Social & International Ministries
Social Ministries

To be a companion of Jesus today requires an authentic service of faith and the promotion of justice. Entrenched social injustices and resource inequities erode the common good and compel us to compassion and solidarity with the least. Issues of particular concern for Jesuits include migration and displacement, the growing wealth gap, and care for creation threatened by a throw-away culture.

Most of our ministries, which provide direct service, social research, and advocacy for social change, are found in our affiliated educational, pastoral, and non-profit institutions. The struggle for justice is fundamentally a work of faith, which we do cooperatively with other people of faith and good will.

Midwest Jesuit parishes provide opportunities for direct service and advocacy, while Nativity Jesuit Academy, Cristo Rey Network schools, and other educational institutions welcome volunteers and provide professional services to underserved communities.

Ongoing social justice news and opportunities are posted on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages. The list below includes Jesuit social justice ministries and resources in the Midwest and beyond. Click individual ministries to learn more and get involved.

Direct Service and Accompaniment 

Social Analysis and Dialogue 


National and International Jesuit Social Justice Opportunities 

The works of the combined Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Province, the Midwest Jesuits, are available in pdf format (Click Here). 

International Ministries

The Society of Jesus is one of the largest missionary orders in the Catholic Church. This vibrant apostolate dates back to Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier, one of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s earliest companions and the patron saint of foreign missions. Recently, this spirit was exemplified by the courageous Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. 

Midwest Jesuits and colleagues are immersed in a variety of international projects, including work with forcibly displaced people through the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and international service programs, such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and International Samaritan.

We also participate in twinning relationships, or convenios, with Jesuit provinces in Eastern Africa, Kohima (Northeast India), and Peru. Twinning emphasizes a cross-cultural, two-way partnership that includes financial support and, more importantly, apostolic, formation, and educational exchanges across provinces.

Through greater international contact, Midwest Jesuits and colleagues have been evangelized by the heroic work and witness of South Asian, African, and Latin American Jesuits we have befriended. We work together to foster reciprocity, solidarity, and advocacy for social change. In so doing, international missions become gifts and opportunities.

Currently, we maintain three active convenios with Jesuit provinces of Eastern Africa, Kohima (Northeast India), and Peru. Click a photo below to read more.   

Eastern Africa

(Northeast India)

Fr. Terry Charlton blessing students at St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School For Aids Orphans in Nairobi, Kenya
Altar Boys with Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ in Kohima. April, 2016


Historic Apostolic Partnerships

The Midwest Jesuits also have had and maintain aspects of partnerships with Jesuits in:


Jesuits Spring 2017

Jesuits Fall-Winter 2016

Jesuits Summer 2016

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Sioux Spiritual Center
The Sioux Spiritual Center, nestled amid the hills of western South Dakota, is the heart of the Diocese of Rapid City’s efforts to develop native clergy and leadership on the reservations.