Jesuit History Timeline
Ignatius and six other young men, including Francis Xavier and Peter Faber, gathered and professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope.
Foundation of the Society of Jesus
Francis Xavier Spends six months in Madagascar
João Nunes Barret makes it to Morrocco to serve African Slaves. Jesuits arrive in Mbanza-Kongo and start the first mission following request by King Dom Diogo
Ignatius wrote the Jesuit Constitutions which created a tightly centralized organization and stressed total abnegation and obedience to the Pope and their religious superior
Jesuit bishop André de Oviedo arrives in Ethiopia with five priests to convert the local Ethiopian Christians to Catholicism.
Four Jesuits estalish a mission in Angola
St Silveria dies while on Mission in Mozambique. (First first European of whom detailed and accurate knowledge exists, who penetrated the interior of the southern part of Africa and reached as far as today's Zimbabwe.) Arrives in Mozambique + Forst College built on Madagascar
Pedro Páez Jaramillo sent to Ethiopia from Goa and leads an expedition that discovers the source of the Blue Nile and inspires the young emperor Za Denge to convert to Catholisim
St Peter Claver goes to the city of Cartagena (Present day Colombia) to attend to the spiritual needs of Slaves from Arfica
First copy of a Kikongo Catechism is published by Fr Mateus Cardoso
Emperor Fasilides expels the Jesuit missionaries in Ethiopia; the German Lutheran Church sends Peter Heyling as the first Protestant missionary to Ethiopia.
South Africa, Capetown: Calvinist Dutch colony asked a passing Jesuit Priests (Including Guy Tachard) for help with astronomical Readings
Jesutis of Mozambique were thrown out by the Spanish
Jesuits expelled by the Portuguese from Luanda
Pope Clement XIV dissolves the Jesuit Order;, During the suppressiong the Mission in Africa comes to a standstill.
Pope Restores the Jesuits
French Jesuits return to Madagascar but fail to have much impact until the death of the anti-christian Queen Ranavalona in 1860. The success was linked to French colonial expansion. Victoria Rasoamanarivo (1848-94), a woman of great courage and determination who defended the church against political assault
French Jesuits make it to Algeria and build schools and Orphanages
The Famous St. Aidan's College in Grahamstown was establised in South Afica under the invitation of the Bishop
College de la Sainte famille opens in Cairo, aiming to prepare Coptic candidates for seminary training in Beirut. By 1900 there would be 44 Jesuits in Cairo
Return of the Jesuits to Kwango in the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo. By 1931 there would be 91 Jesuits in the Province. The biggest in Africa.
1881 - 1910
The Zambezi mission expands to cover Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwae
Expansion of the Jesuits througout Africa. Emperor Haile Selasie invited Canadian Jesuits to modernise the Ethiopian education service and found the Unviersity of Addiss Ababa
French Jesuits invited into Chad
University of Lovanium was established by the Jesuits for Africans in the Congo
Jesuits asked to takeover school in Duala, Cameroon
Jesuits invited in 1961, by Archbishop Sergio Pignedoli to start a school Nigeria. Indian Jesuits move to Mwanza Tanzania
Foundation of the Institut Africain pour le Développement Economique et sociale int Cote d'Ivoire. Jesuits come to Niger
Pedro Arrupe becomes Father General and heralds a new African Jesuit Society
Jesuits Return to Angola
Pope Francis (The First Jesuit Pope Becomes Pope)