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The Jesuit community was founded in the year 1540 Jesuit or the Society of Jesus played an important role in the renewal of the Catholic Church Most of the early Jesuits were scholars teachers and also trained as missionaries Some were also preachers who devoted all of their time to helping the sick imprisoned and wounded soldiers In the year 1556 there were about a thousand Jesuits One hundred years later there were nearly fifteen thousand After the next one hundred years the numbers had nearly doubled As you can see the work done by these traveling men of God was a very respectable one There were a great number of Jesuit priests who came over to North America also These men were very well know some of them were more known for their exploring rather than for their missionary work One of the most popular explorers of the North American continent is father Jacques Marquette Father Marquette established the first permanent mission to the local Chippewas in the year 1671 Along with partner Louis Joliet a well renowned French explorer Marquette has reached fame by being remembered to most as the man that discovered the Northern Mississippi They were the first people other than Indians to do so Father Marquette as he was known was born in Laon France In the year 1666 he arrived in Canada and was schooled in the languages and the ways of the different Indian tribes that he lived with For about 2 years he did missions work in the areas now known as Michigan and Wisconsin until the year 1671 when he met his colleague to be Louis Jolliet Jolliet as Marquette was raised in a Jesuit mission Three years before he met Marquette Jolliet decided not to be a priest Once Marquette was joined with his companion the two had endless places to go The two joined forces and traveled across Lake Michigan and
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