Lassalle-Haus is owned and operated by the Society of Jesus, or more commonly known as the Jesuits. Founded in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuits are a Roman Catholic order of religious men. It is now the largest male order of the Church with around 17,000 members. The main focus of the Jesuits is pastoral care – in a broad sense. Asked about his goal, Ignatius always replied that he wanted to "help the souls".
Put simply, the Jesuit Congregation works in social, spiritual and educational projects for the well-being of the people. Its priorities are spiritual accompaniment, refugee assistance, interreligious dialogue, and education. Around 650 schools, 230 universities, 70 vocational training institutions and numerous educational projects are linked to the Jesuit Order worldwide.
The most important work of the Jesuits in Switzerland is the Lassalle-Haus Educational Centre in Edlibach, Zug. In addition, the current 60 Jesuits stationed across Switzerland are involved in student pastoral work (aki Zurich and kug Bern), run student residences in Geneva and Basel, and work in the Jesuit missions, Jesuit refugee service, as well as the Jesuit church in Lucerne. An overview can be found at www.jesuiten.ch.
The Lassalle-Haus is committed to a more peaceful and equitable world. It offers people space to find themselves in silence and awakens the passion for fair treatment and sustainable action.
We believe that:
- Through spiritual practice, people become more attentive and free in dealing with themselves and the world around them.
- By meeting and interacting with multiple religions, there is an opportunity for global unity.
- Dialogue is the only alternative to violence.
- A moderate and considerate way of life enables a life for all.
- A conscious diet leads to respectful use of the resources of our world.
- Every person matters.
- There is strength in silence.
Further information about the Lassalle-Haus and the Jesuits (in German):