"All Things For the Greater Glory of God." This motto of St. Ignatius of Loyola is the programme of the Apostolate and the Spirituality of the SJM. The Congregation would like to be a community of missionary-minded religious, who place their life entirely in the service of the proclamation of the Gospel. Imbued with the spirit of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, her members wish to carry the "Banner of Christ" in the world, in particular leading young people into the Church and strengthening their faith. Life according to the Evangelical Counsels is the answer of the religious to the call of Christ, his king, who summons every individual to a magnanimous carrying of the cross, that he might be available for Him and His Kingdom with all the more freedom.
...was born in 1491 at the castle of Loyola in Azpeitia, and died 1556 in Rome; he is the founder of the Society of Jesus and the patron of all spiritual retreats.
The everyday life of the SJM is defined in its basic lines through the time-tested rules of the Jesuit Order. The founder of the SJM, Fr. Hönisch, was an enthusiastic Jesuit - he wanted to pass on nothing else than what he himself had lived. It also happened that the rules of St. Ignatius were perceived as a founding ideal by the first members: As Ignatius in the 16th Century called the "Society of Jesus" into life, he thought of a tightly-run community of men, who, through a solidly formed spiritual life, were ready for every kind of pastoral work. No contemplative community, but rather an order of Priests and Brothers, who could draw their strength for their work in the Vineyard of Christ out of their personal spiritual lives; who carried their cloister in their hearts, and hence were ready for every kind of work which the Church might assign to them. No boundaries should be drawn around their pastoral work, except the condition that it might serve the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. For these reasons, the SJM borrowed the "Summarium of the Society of Jesus", along with the other rules of the old Jesuit order, although of course many rules had to be adapted to suit the changed conditions of the times.
"Most people have no idea what God would make of them if they would only place themselves at his disposal."
( St. Ignatius of Loyola)
With the recognition by the Holy See in Summer 1994, the rules of the "Summarium" were officially approved for the SJM.
Following the example of the Jesuit Order, the SJM waives common choral prayer, in order to be freer and more mobile for the Apostolate. The Divine Office is prayed by every Priest and Deacon privately. All the more important is it then for each individual to have a living interior prayer-life that finds its centre above all in the mystery of the Eucharist, i.e. in the frequent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Each member dedicates himself daily to an hour of meditation, the interior prayer - what St. Teresa called "a sharing between friends" - so that he can in this way better come to know and to love Christ. Only out of a living affinity with the Lord can an apostolate be fruitful.
Moreover, the members of the SJM pray the Rosary every day. An indispensable component of our spirituality is the consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose servants the SJM wish to be not merely in name only.