Jesuits in Lithuania and Latvia


The Jesuits have lived and worked in Lithuania for over 450 years. Since their arrival, their main focus has been on education. Jesuits have contributed to the flourishing of Lithuania’s religious and cultural life in many ways.

Jesuits strive to serve others as men of God in today’s worldby offering the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, by educating and accompanying youth, by serving those at the margins of society, and by promoting care for the environment.

There are currently thirty-one Jesuits working in the Lithuanian and Latvian Jesuit province.


The Jesuits in Lithuania live and work at 3 main locations: Kaunas, Vilnius and Šiauliai. In Latvia, a community of Jesuits works in Riga.

In Kaunas they maintain the Kaunas Jesuit High School (grades 5-12) and serve at the church of St. Francis Xavier.

In Vilnius the Jesuits provide pastoral care for students, look after the St. Casimir Church, and have Vilnius University’s St. Johns Church entrusted to them. At the Vilnius Jesuit High School they also work as teachers and chaplains. The Jesuit youth ministry MAGIS also has its headquarters in Vilnius.

In Šiauliai the Jesuits maintain the Šiauliai Jesuit Primary School and serve in the parish of St. Ignatius.

In Riga the Jesuits serve the Marupes Ave Maria parish (currently under construction), teach at a university and broadcast a well-known podcast discussing various topics relating to culture and society.

In the U.S., the Jesuit Lithuanian and Latvian province provides pastoral care to Lithuanian-Americans at the Matulaitis Mission in Lemont, Illinois.

In addition to the above activities, we Jesuits write books and articles, appear in the media, and engage in dialogue with the broader culture and other religions. We read, spend quality time together, and laugh. In whatever we do, we always seek to remain contemplative and give witness to God’s love and compassion for us all.


We thank you for any support (prayer, participation, financial), that you can provide.

If you have any questions about our mission and our current projects (building, renovation, various MAGIS initiatives etc.), please write us via email at For more information (in English) on how to donate, use the following link: For more information in Lithuanian, click here.