About us

Gardiner Street Parish

Gardiner Street Parish is a Roman Catholic Parish in Dublin City Centre under the care of the Jesuits. Our church, St Francis Xavier's is a much loved place for parishioners and visitors alike. Best known for its devotional life in the heart of Dublin it is a home of faith and prayer 'for the greater glory of God'. Through the years hundreds of Jesuit priests and brothers giving their services gladly to the people. We thank God that our community continues in the light and hope offered by friendship with Jesus Christ.

The vibrancy of our parish life flows from the centrality of the Eucharist. The uniqueness of each person and they gifts they offer is valued and we encourage active involvement by parishioners.

Other Jesuit Organisations in the Parish

  • Belvedere College
  • Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
  • The McVerry Trust
  • St Joseph's Penny Dinners
  • Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Irish Jesuit Mission Office

The Pioneer Total Association of the Sacred Heart was founded in 1898 in Gardiner Street, Dublin by Fr James Cullen SJ, Mrs Anne Egan, Miss Lizzie Power, Mrs Mary Bury and Mrs A.M. Sullivan. 

 The Jesuits supported the Pioneer Association from its beginning in 1898 to its withdrawal in 2017. On 31st December 2017, the Jesuits withdrew its involvement in the Pioneers and handed it to a lay association of the faithful. The Pioneer Association continues under the patronage of the Episcopal Commission.

St Ignatius Loyola
St Ignatius Loyola

The Jesuits

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola and since then has grown from the original seven to 24, 400 members today who work out of 1,825 houses in 112 countries. In the intervening 455 years many Jesuits became renowned for their sanctity (41 Saints and 285 Blesseds), for their scholarship in every conceivable field, for their explorations and discoveries, but especially for their schools. The Society is governed by General Congregations, the supreme legislative authority which meets occasionally. The present Superior General is Father Arturo Sosa.

Ignatius Loyola was a Spanish Basque soldier who underwent an extraordinary conversion while recuperating from a leg broken by a cannon ball in battle. He wrote down his experiences which he called his Spiritual Exercises and later he founded the Society of Jesus with the approval of Pope Paul III in 1540.



Universal Apostolic Preferences

Universal Apostolic Preferences are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years. All Jesuits were invited to take part and in addition our mission partners. It concluded with a confirmation from Pope Francis in a special meeting with Fr General Arturo Sosa. The Preferences give a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus. They capture our imaginations and awaken our desires. They unite us in our mission. The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today. The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years. We invite you to learn more and take action with us! We want to make a Gospel difference.  Your may fine more information on the Global Jesuit website.

Showing the way to God

Show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment
Reality - how things stand

We are constantly being bombarded with images and options and there is almost no space to find our true self or to let God find us. We often don’t know or drown out our own desires, our passions and a sense of our true vocation. Without the wisdom of the Spirit we can easily have a sense that we are not in charge of our own destiny, puppets at the mercy of the moment