the ignatian vision.
Since 1992, lay men and women, inspired by the faith and practices of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), have been utilizing Ignatian spirituality to discern their personal vocation in service to the greater glory of God. We strive to be contemplatives in action, motivated to personally be changed by exposure to the harsh realities of those in need locally and globally. For the first 19 years of existence, the Ignatian Associates were supported spiritually and financially as a ministry of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. In 2010, the Ignatian Associates, with the full support and blessing of the Jesuits of the Wisconsin Province, incorporated as our own faith community.
Our mission is to support each other in the faith practices identified by St. Ignatius, to be available individually and communally for Apostolic service, and to practice and promote the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently over 120 Ignatian Associates live in three communities of Milwaukee, Omaha, and Minneapolis-St. Paul in the United States.
Our Jesuit companions remain as welcomed members of our community. They act as our prayer partners, personal friends, and some as our spiritual directors. Associate leadership meets regularly with Jesuit leaders from the Wisconsin Province of the Jesuits and local Jesuit communities. Jesuits share our meetings, liturgies, retreats, and service activities. Associates offer their ongoing support to the Jesuit social justice apostolate, advocating for Jesuit priorities including immigration reform, education, domestic poverty, non-violence, corporate social responsibility, and development in Africa. We are honored to be their companions on this journey.