Who we are

The Servants of Jesus

Our foundation dates back to January 25, 1971, at the initiative of the then layman José Manuel Pereda Crespo. Since then, not without difficulties and going through a long period of conversion and purification, we have tried to “seek and find the divine will” regarding our life and mission, under the spiritual guidance of St. Ignatius of Loyola, as proposed in his Spiritual Exercises. Servants of Jesus has been our official name since July 31, 2003, the feast of St. Ignatius. On March 19, 2016, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Msgr. Víctor Sánchez Espinosa, Archbishop of Puebla de los Ángeles (Mexico), accepts the Society’s Main See in his archdiocese. On July 31, 2019, Msgr. Sánchez Espinosa proclaimed, in a solemn Mass, the Decree of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, which provides for the transformation of the Society of Apostolic Life Servants of Jesus into a Clerical Religious Institute of Diocesan Right.

Our name and identity

Our name is Servants of Jesus and our motto is “Love and Serve” because, as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His Church, abiding in Him (cf. Jn 15), we seek “in everything to love and serve His Divine Majesty”.

Our identity as Servants of Jesus finds its source in the friendship that the Son of God offers us: “I no longer call you servants… I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15); this friendship enables us to follow him in his mission of service: “If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (Jn 13:14; cf. Jn 12:26). In fact, Jesus Christ lived his earthly service as loving obedience to the Father, which redeems all men, and He gives it to us as a way of life.