The Jesuits in Australia: Educators and Givers of Hope

The pioneering Irish Jesuit, Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, established three Jesuit schools in Australia in three successive years – an Herculean effort. They are Xavier College, in Melbourne (1878), then St Aloysius’ College (1879) and St Ignatius’ College, Riverview (1880) in Sydney. Later came St Ignatius’ College in Adelaide (1951). The most recent Jesuit-owned school is Jarjum School Redfern (2013) for indigenous primary school students.

In addition there are a number of ‘Companion Schools’ – systemic or independent Catholic schools which want to share the Jesuit schools’ spirituality and pedagogy. These schools have come into a formal arrangement with the Province, sharing insights and programs, enabling both staff and students across the schools to interact. The Companion Schools currently are: John XXIII College (Perth), Loyola College (Watsonia), Loyola Senior High School (Mount Druitt), Xavier Catholic College (Hervey Bay), Xavier Catholic College (Lismore), and St Ignatius’ College (Geelong).

Details of each school are below.

Jesuit schools
St Ignatius’ College, Riverview, NSW
St Aloysius’ College, Milsons Point, NSW
St Ignatius’ College, Adelaide, SA
Xavier College, Melbourne, Vic
Redfern Jarjum College, NSW
St Patrick’s College, East Melbourne, Vic (Operated from 1854-1968)
Jesuit Companion Schools
Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt, NSW
John XXIII College, Mt Claremont, WA
Loyola College, Watsonia, Vic
St Ignatius College, Geelong, Vic
Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay, NSW
Xavier Catholic College, Ballina, NSW

Australian Province

The Australian Jesuit Province, or administrative region, consists of Australia, with occasional involvement in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Today there are some 120 Jesuits working alongside 2000 Companions engaged as partners in mission in over 40 works within educational, pastoral, spiritual, social, and communication ministries. Australian Jesuits are also missioned to Rome, Canada, the USA, Pakistan, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Germany and Britain.

The Australian Jesuit Province is a thriving community of like-minded people, devoted to making a positive difference to the part of the world they inhabit. Ready to support where help is needed both in Australia and overseas, the Province runs a number of initiatives created to support, help and serve, wherever there is injustice, inequity, or a need for a voice or asylum.

A more detailed information about the Australian Province and its structures is to be found in the document, Province Orientation. It sets out the history, spirituality and culture of the Jesuits in Australia and their mission to live by their faith and act justly in their manifold contexts.