Even those who know the Society of Jesus well, including its opponents, frequently have trouble "placing" the order. While its core members vow to accept any project the Pope designates, it is still not easy to say precisely how the order fits into the Christian scene, or how its members serve the Church's ministry in distinctive ways.
The Jesuits have a charism that works rather differently, namely a commitment to supporting those venturing into the wider world animated by the Spirit of Christ, simply to love the world and serve its needs, especially its spiritual needs - no strings attached. The characteristic Jesuit movement is outward, and the Jesuit specialty is accompanying people moving outward. - Fr Adrian Lyons, Province Express (click below for full article)