Standard of Service

When the Jesuit theologians who had been summoned to assist the Council of Trent with its work left Rome, they carried with them instructions from Saint Ignatius that during their stay in the city they were to find work in hospitals and in teaching catechism to children and the unlettered.

Ignatius believed that for their learning to be of genuine service to the Church, it had to be grounded in ministry to the poor and broken.

Ignatian service is most itself when it consists of humble practices of leadership rom below, and when it is expressed in learned ministry that is attentive to the whole person and the whole context. It is always open to new actions that transform the present situation into a truer reflection of the Reign of God.