News
Society of Jesus Celebrates Feast of St. Francis Borgia, SJ

October 3, 2017 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of St. Francis Borgia, SJ (1510-1572), the third Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Borgia gave up wealth, power and privilege as a Spanish nobleman to enter the Society of Jesus.

The oldest son of the third duke of Gandia, Borgia was born in Valencia, Spain. His great grandfather on his father's side was Pope Alexander VI, and his mother's grandfather was King Ferdinand of Aragon. 

Borgia joined Spain’s imperial court at age 18, and the next year he married Eleanor de Castro. Together they had eight children. In 1539, after experiencing a religious conversion, he began to devote himself to prayer and penance. He left the court but continued in public life as viceroy of Catalonia. 

In 1543, Borgia succeeded his father as duke of Gandia, but when his wife died three years later, he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to serving God. He was familiar with the Jesuits, being a friend of Father Peter Faber, SJ, and he joined the Society of Jesus in 1550 after making provisions for his children. 

Reflection on Francis Borgia, SJ, by Fr. James Kubicki, SJ

He served for a few years as a parish priest until the Jesuits promoted him so that he could use his administrative talents for the church. In 1554, St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society, appointed Borgia commissary general in Spain, overseeing the provincials in Spain and Portugal. In this role, he founded Spain's first novitiate and set up over 20 schools.

The Jesuits elected Borgia as their third Superior General in 1565, succeeding Diego Laynez, SJ. Borgia served as the Jesuits’ leader for seven years and devoted himself to revising the Society's rules, expanding its missions in India and the Americas and shepherding the growth of the young Society. 

In 1571, the pope sent Borgia to Spain and Portugal to help build an alliance against the Turks. He grew ill on the trip and died after returning to Rome on September 30, 1572, at age 61. He was canonized in 1670 by Pope Clement X. [Sources: Jesuit Curia, IgnatianSpirituality.com]





Recent News

January 22 will mark 45 years since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision made abortion legal in the United States, and today the Society of Jesus in the U.S. is asking Jesuits and their collaborators to continue to stand in solidarity with the unborn and with mothers in difficult situations.

Seattle University President Father Stephen Sundborg, SJ, has been known throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond as a leader dedicated to academic rigor, service, and the promotion of justice.

The uniquely historical stained glass windows in LMU’s Sacred Heart Chapel can now be viewed without entering the building by visiting a new website.

Sean Reilly, a 2016 Santa Clara University environmental science and biology major, has been named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2018.

LMU has kicked off a program that helps community college transfer students earn performance-based scholarships to the university.

January 1, 2018 — As the new year begins, Jesuits.org invites you to reflect on 2017 with this Ignatian Annual Examen courtesy of Xavier University’s Jesuitresource.org.

December 17, 2017 — In honor of Pope Francis' 81st birthday today, here are 81 things the Jesuits love about Pope Francis.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Mission Magazine - Fall 2017

Mission Magazine - Fall 2016

Mission Magazine - Spring 2016


Companions
Fall, 2017

Update
Summer, 2017

Update
Spring, 2017


Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos has offered prayerful solitude and inspiring vistas to those seeking spiritual rejuvenation since 1925.