Who we are
The Austrian Jesuit province, originally founded in 1563 and part of the global Society of Jesus, today has more than 60 members. We have dedicated our lives to follow Jesus Christ in the tradition of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. We constantly strive to become men of God in today’s world. Since Jesuits are characterised by their mobility, i. e. their willingness to be sent to different places as required, some Austrian Jesuits currently live and work abroad while Jesuits from other countries are active in Austria or have come here for the duration of their studies.
The province has been led by Fr. Bernhard Bürgler SJ since 2014.
If you like you can have a look at us and click through the gallery below.
Where we live
The Jesuits in Austria focus on four locations. Most Jesuits live in Innsbruck and Vienna. There is also a Jesuit community in Linz, which includes three Jesuits in Steyr, and a small Jesuit community in Graz. We do not live in monasteries, but rather in houses or apartments. The individual Jesuits usually change their locations over the years and take on new tasks in new places.
Phone: +43 512 5346
Vienna (city centre)
Phone: +43 1 5125232 0
Phone: +43 1 8047593
What we do
Within the Catholic Church we collaborate with many friends for the promotion of faith and social justice.
In our province we do so with our pastoral work at five churches in Vienna, Innsbruck, Linz and Steyr. The Kardinal König Haus in Vienna is our biggest institution. It combines two of our main activities: adult education and retreats. About 30.000 persons attend a course in this centre every year. And Austrian Jesuits offer more than 60 retreats every year. We also work in the academic field. Jesuits teach theology and philosophy at the Catholic-Theological Faculty of the University of Innsbruck. We run the Collegium Canisianum, a formation house for about 40 priests from all over the world, and we collaborate in the university chaplaincies in Innsbruck and Graz. Our Jesuit Mission gives support to many social projects and takes care of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Austria.
Of course, Jesuits do much more: write books, offer spiritual direction in seminaries, pray, enjoy life, … and in whatever we do we try to be men of God who give witness of His love and compassion for all of us.