We are thrilled to announce that that Magis Americas is merging with Jesuit Missions Inc to consolidate our work and identity as the international solidarity organization of the Society of Jesus in the United States. We have been working diligently for moths to make this next chapter a reality and we are excited to share this important announcement with you all. The merging of these two organizations marks the first time the U.S. Jesuit Provinces share a single organization to support Jesuit education and development initiatives throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

 

What is Jesuit Mission Inc and why are we merging?

Originally founded in New York, Jesuit Missions, Inc. was a 501(c)(3) organization that offered financial support and grants to the international works of the Jesuits. Since 2021, Magis Americas has taken on much of the work of Jesuit Missions Inc., including processing donations and maintaining relationships with U.S. donors and international Jesuit ministries. 

In April 2023, conversations began regarding the best approach to position the U.S. Jesuits’ international solidarity efforts for future growth. One of the key conclusions of these conversations was a proposal for Jesuit Mission Inc. to merge into Magis Americas. For the U.S. Jesuit Provinces, this would mark the first time they shared a single international solidarity organization. 

Last fall, the JMI Board of Directors–which was composed of the U.S. Provincials of the Society of Jesus–and MA’s governing bodies voted in favor of the proposed merger of our two organizations. Since then, we have been working diligently with the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States to lay the groundwork for this momentous update. 

 

What does this mean for Magis Americas?

As we have mentioned, this is a historic moment for our organization and for the U.S. Jesuits. This merger formalizes our role as the single international solidarity organization of the Jesuits in the United States. In that role, we will continue to expand our work fostering connections and mobilizing resources for Jesuit education and development initiatives in marginalized communities across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. 

As part of this process, and to better reflect this reaffirmed identity as the international solidarity organization of the U.S. Jesuits, Magis Americas will be rebranding next week! We are excited to announce our new name, updated mission and vision statements, and so much more on July 1st. 

We want to emphasize that both our merger with Jesuit Missions Inc. and our imminent rebranding do not in any way alter our commitment to our partners in the Global South or to our supporters and donors in the United States. These changes reaffirm our mission and strengthen our capacity to pursue our vision of a world in which all people have their rights upheld, their dignity protected and the capacity to act as protagonists in their individual and communal development.