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About The Jesuits after the Death of Ignatius

The Jesuits after the Death of Ignatius

The Jesuits after the Death of Ignatius

The Society of Jesus founded schools and the members of the order took over the educational management of these schools. As mentioned before, the educational principles of these schools aimed at human formation according to the ideals of the Spiritual Exercises. The Society of Jesus used the Latin word collegium to refer to schools that were based on these educational principles; they were opened for the education of ordinary young men.

The first school managed by the Society of Jesus was in Messina in Sicily. Other schools were founded all over, in Italy, in Spain, in France, and in Germany. Each collegium was founded in response to a request from local leaders such as the Holy Roman Emperor, noblemen, councils of independent cities, or Catholic Church officials. During the eight years between the foundation in Messina and the death of Ignatius in 1556, the Society of Jesus founded thirty-one collegia. The number of Jesuits involved in such educational works reached one thousand. At the beginning of 1556, Ignatius had suffered from declining health; he died on July 31st at the age of 65.