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Jesuit Conferences are groupings of administrative divisions of the Society of Jesus.

Administrative division A territorial entity for administration purposes

An administrative division, unit, entity, area or region, also referred to as a subnational entity, statoid, constituent unit, or country subdivision, is a portion of a country or other region delineated for the purpose of administration. Administrative divisions are granted a certain degree of autonomy and are usually required to manage themselves through their own local governments. Countries are divided up into these smaller units to make managing their land and the affairs of their people easier. A country may be divided into provinces, which, in turn, may be divided in whole or in part into municipalities.

Society of Jesus male religious congregation of the Catholic Church

The Society of Jesus is a scholarly religious congregation of the Catholic Church for men which originated in sixteenth-century Spain. The members are called Jesuits. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations. Jesuits work in education, intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue.

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Administration

For administrative reasons the members of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) are divided into territorial Provinces or Regions, [1] even though their vocation is 'universal', which means that their calling is not restricted to a particular geographic area, or field of apostolic activity.

For better cooperation and apostolic efficacy, the Jesuit provinces and regions are grouped into conferences that have, by and large, a continental dimension.

List of Jesuit Conferences

The six Jesuit Conferences are: [1]

Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States

Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States is the collaborating body of the seven provincial superiors of the Society of Jesus in the United States and Canada. The Conference includes the Jesuit provinces in both countries: in Canada, English Canada and French Canada; in the United States, Central and Southern, Maryland, Midwest, USA Northeast Province, and West. The Conference hosts the province websites.

Jamaica Country in the Caribbean

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean. Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola.

Micronesia Subregion of Oceania

Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, composed of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions: Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south.

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Provincial superior

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