THE JESUITS DISTRICT WALKING TOUR
A walk through the "Jesuit district" of Rome: the Collegium, the University, the famous S. Ignatius chambers and the churches of S. Ignatius and the Gesù to admire their spectacular Baroque beauties and attend a surprising sacred exhibition.
An excursion to undarstand the fascinating history of this order, their incredible power and the importance of spirituality and arts as tools for their evangelical mission.
The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu) is the largest Roman Catholic religous order of regular clerks. Members are called Jesuits, Soldiers of Christ and Foot soldiers of the Pope, because of the founder, Saint Ignatius of loyola (1441-1556), who was a knight before becoming a priest. They concentrated themselves on three activities. First, they founded schools throughout Europe. Jesuits teachers were rigorously trained in both classical studies and theology. The Jesuits' second mission was, as soldiers of the Pope, to convert non-Christians to Catholicism, so they trained and sent out missionaries. Their third goal was to stop Protestantism from spreading. The zeal of the Jesuits overcame the drift toward Protestantism in Europe.