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Jesuits in the Philippines

Historic image of St.Ignatius and the Jesuits

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A religious order founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius de Loyola (who is also the patron saint of the Ateneo de Manila University), the Society of Jesus came to the Philippines during the 15th century. As compared to the different religious sects that colonized the Philippines in the past (such as the Dominicans, Augustinians, etc.), one of the Jesuits’ main goals aside from spreading religion is to establish a holistic educational system in the Philippines. They wanted to integrate education and the progressing ideas of the changing world during that point in history with the traditional Catholic, Jesuit and Filipino beliefs and cultures. They are known as a teaching order and up to this day, they have a very strong presence in the Philippines. They have helped establish numerous schools and universities. Ateneo de Manila, however, is the biggest.


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