Mission & Purpose

The purpose of the Kircher Network is to strengthen the sense of shared apostolic mission among its member Jesuit institutions in all aspects of academic life.

  1. Teaching, through exchanges of staff and students, and the development of shared programmes;
  2. Research, through collaboration in areas of particular relevance to the Society’s apostolic preferences, such as forced migration, ecology, the relief of poverty, interreligious dialogue, and Ignatian studies;
  3. Life according to the Ignatian charism, through making available to students and staff the resources of Ignatian spirituality for inspiration, hope, constructive reflection, and pedagogical practice;
  4. Administration, through the creative pooling of resources, and through sharing experience of good practice, notably as regards collaboration between Jesuits and their apostolic partners;
  5. In association with the Society of Jesus by promoting fruitful connections with Jesuit superiors, and with the other Jesuit services within the Church of Christ’s mission – notably centres for social reflection and cultural reviews.

In short the aim is a new and deeper mutual exchange of gifts of the kind that St Ignatius evokes at the end of his Spiritual Exercises.

Regional News

Report: Visit of UCAB (Venezuela) to UNIJES institutions
The president of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 6th to 10th of May, toured through the Jesuit Universities in Europe advocating for the cause of his country. Learn more.
HEST Workshop on Science and Religion in Braga
The Higher Education for Social Transformation (HEST) group met in Braga to discuss their next conference and agreed to organise continuous "Science and Religion International Seminars" for PhD and MA students. Learn more.

Jesuit Universities Welcome UCAB President
Jesuit Universities will be accompanying Fr Virtuoso, President of UCAB, in his visit to Spain where he will be meeting with university alumni and advocating about Venezuelan crisis. Learn more.