St.Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society Of Jesus, was born in 1491 as the las child of a large Basque family of spain. The name 'Loyola' came from the ancestral castle that was the family heritage of St.Ignatius. According to the traditions of his family, Ignatius was trained for arms and ettiquette of court life. He enlisted himself I the border wars with France and was badly wounded in battle. As he lay convalesscing at Loyola, he read the life of Christ and those saints and was inspiried to follow christ by giving up all wordly ambitions and trappings of power and by embracing a life of powerty, sacrifice and service after the example of his saintly mentors. He began this new life at the age of 31. He spent a year of severe penence and intense prayer in a solitary cave on the banks of the river Cardoner near the town Manresa.
The Society of Jesus, whose members are known as Jesuits, is a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Their ideals of love and service, faith and justice are lived concretely in their dedication to impart quality education over the past 450 years. Serving in 112 nations on 6 continents, we number nearly 20,000 priests, brothers, and seminarians worldwide, all of whom observe vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The Jesuits, according to Ignatius, should be ready to undertake in any part of the world, work which will be for the "Greater Glory of God" (the Jesuit motto: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam).
Jesuits in India
Perhaps Jesuits impart the best-known education in India. They conduct not less than 31 university colleges, 5 Institutes of Business Administration and 155 high schools spread throughout the country. In them, more than 250,000 students belonging to every religious, linguistic and socio-economic group, receive their education.
The Ignatian Pedagogical Model
The Jesuit tradition of Ignatian Pedagogy is a process by which teachers accompany learners in the lifelong pursuit of competence, conscience, and compassionate commitment. Such an Ignatian pedagogical paradigm can help teachers and learners to focus their work in a manner that is academically sound and at the same time formative of persons for others. Ignatian Pedagogy embodies five key teaching elements--Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation.