The Jesuits have been working in Asia since St Francis Xavier traveled around the continent in the early part of the 16th century. Now the Jesuits are present in over 15 countries in Asia. Jesuit Missions works particularly closely with Jesuits in Macau, Thailand, India and the Philippines.
In Asia, Jesuits run schools, universities and parishes and engage in missionary work, direct evangelization to the poor, social justice, inter-religious dialogue, and other ‘frontier’ ministries. Importantly, they continue the tradition of providing retreats based on The Spiritual Exercises, the foundational work of St Ignatius.