The Jesuit Order developed its effectiveness above all through the direction of schools and boarding-houses. The SJM also considers these facilities as outstanding means for the education of youth. The school plays a great role in the development of a young person; from the school, positive impulses can be emitted, but also negative ones. Mutual respect, polite behaviour, and the validity of Christian values create an atmosphere that makes it easier for the students to grow in character (to say nothing of the contents of the lessons). In a boarding house the same is true, perhaps in yet greater measure. Therefore the SJM itself leads schools and colleges and supports existing projects through its collaboration.
In 1994 the SJM was assigned the direction of the Diocesan Minor Seminary in Zwettl (Waldviertel) by the Diocese of St. Pölten. In the following years, the boarding-house was led by members of the SJM, who brought numerous elements of scouting pedagogy to the life of the boarding house. The success of this method can be seen inter alia in the fact that within a few years several vocations had come forth out of the establishment. When the Diocese in 2001, for want of financial means, decided on the closure of the house, the SJM worked towards the founding of a new college in Haus Assen (North-Rhine Westphalia), an old moated Castle, which the Von Galen family had signed over to the order for this purpose. After enormous renovations, the college Kardinal von Galen has run since this time as a Catholic Youth Boarding House for High-School Students. Further information is available on the homepage of the College.