About Us

Who we are

Founded in 1945, the Irish Jesuit Missions (IJM), is a registered charity that supports development partners in Africa, Cambodia, China and the Near East. We work with people who are marginalised, disadvantaged and living in poverty.

What we do

We are based in Dublin, Ireland as the official outreach of the Irish Jesuit Province to our international development partners.

Context of the IJM in Ireland

The Irish Jesuit Province is led by a Provincial appointed every six years by the Father General, based in Rome. The Provincial is advised by Consultors who are Jesuits of the Irish Province with other roles, selected by the Provincial. All decisions are made ultimately by the Provincial.

There are several Delegates (Jesuits appointed by the Provincial), each leading various areas of work of the Province, including Education and Social Justice. Delegates report directly to the Provincial. Each area of activity is called a ‘work’. The works of the Province includes education, support to our international Jesuit development partners, social justice works, parish, pastoral spirituality and others. IJM operates within the remit of the Social Justice Delegate.

Context of the IJM internationally

There are various Jesuit Mission Offices and registered charities worldwide providing support to Jesuit works in developing countries, each acting within its own strategic guidelines and geographical focus with 17 per cent of our international partners being common partners. We are also a member of the Xavier Network which is a body of 13 Jesuit organisations collaborating and coordinating support with our international partners.

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