Religion: Jesuit Growth

Looking back at 25 years of expanding missionary work by U.S. Jesuits, the Roman Catholic magazine, Jesuit Missions, gave its readers some striking statistics.

Twenty-five years ago, there were only 175 American Jesuits in the mission field; today there are 1,022. Twenty-five years ago, the mission territory of the American Jesuits was largely restricted to Alaska, Central America and U.S. Indian reservations. Today their territory includes Japan, the Philippines, the Caroline and Marshall Islands, Ceylon, Nepal, India, China and Iraq.

American Jesuits have inherited such fields as the Philippines and Ceylon from European...

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