Companions in the Lord
Doing God’s Work
For the Hope of the World
Primer on the
Gifts of the First Companions
Source: Jubilee Year Committee,
Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus
The Jubilee Year officially began 3 December 2005 and celebrates the spirit of these founders of the Society of Jesus:
Ignatius Loyola – died 31 July 1556 in Rome
Francis Xavier – born 7 April 1506 at Javier in Navarre
Peter Faber – born 13 April 1506 in Villaret Savoy
In these first three Jesuits, we recall that the Society of Jesus began in companionship. In each of them we see personal symbols of the essential aspect of the “original spirituality” of the Society.
As Jesuits and lay partners, therefore, we wish to celebrate this jubilee year by contemplating the foundational experience of their companionship. We desire to appropriate the unique gifts of each for our challenging time and Philippine context. In these difficult and uncertain times of national crisis, we wish to receive the spiritual resources we need to endure and to respond to our situation with creativity and hope.