St. Michael's High School, Patna

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St. Michael's High School
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Digha Ghat
Patna, Bihar, 800011, India
Religious affiliation(s) Jesuits (Roman Catholic)
Established 1858
School board Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi
Principal Fr. B. Arockiasamy
Gender co-ed
Average class size 55

St. Michaels High School is a school in Patna, Bihar, India. It was established in 1858 by the Congregation of Irish Christian Brothers, and is amongst the oldest missionary schools in East India. It is situated on the banks of the river Ganges.


St. Michaels High School, Patna was established in 1858 by the Congregation of Irish Christian Brothers in the city of Patna. The school is amongst the oldest missionary schools in Eastern India. It is situated on the banks of the river Ganges. The control of the school passed on to the missionaries of the Society of Jesus of the American Chicago Province, sometime in 1968. The Jesuit Fathers had been running Patna's oldest Jesuit school, the St. Xavier's and both the schools functioned at their best under the guidance of Late Father Gordon Edmund Murphy S.J.(Death 1972 Patna).The School changed from ICSE Board to CBSE Board in the year 1988.

Academics and sports[edit]

The principal is Fr. B. Arockiasamy, S.J. who is also referred to as Fr. Peter.

The school has a cricket ground, basketball courts, a soccer field,many table tennis courts,there are six handball courts, a swimming pool and various sports tournament are conducted.It has also got a B.Ed college within its campus.

The school has given out top rankers in premier engineering colleges such as Indian Institute of Technology and BITS Pilani for the last few years. The admission to its "plus 2" (11th and 12th grades) program is competitive and are based on merit.



Main article: Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ, or SI) is a Catholic male religious order that follows the teachings of the Catholic Church. The members are called Jesuits, and are also known colloquially as "God's Marines"[1] and as "The Company," these being references to founder Ignatius of Loyola's military background and the members' willingness to go anywhere in the world and live in extreme conditions. The Society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. The Society's founding principles are contained in the document Formula of the Institute, written by Ignatius of Loyola. Jesuits are known for their work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits, and for their missionary efforts. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, and promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue.

Ignatius founded the Society after being wounded in battle and experiencing a religious conversion. He composed the Spiritual Exercises to help others follow the teachings of Jesus Christ In 1534, Ignatius and six other young men, including St. Francis Xavier and Bl. Pierre Favre, gathered and professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope. Rule 13 of Ignatius' Rules for Thinking with the Church said: "That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity[...], if [the Church] shall have defined anything to be black which to our eyes appears to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black."[2] Ignatius' plan of the order's organization was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by the bull containing the Formula of the Institute. The opening lines of this founding document would declare that the Society of Jesus was founded to "strive especially for the propagation and defense of the faith and progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine."[3] The Society participated in the Counter-Reformation and later in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church.

The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General, currently Adolfo Nicolás.[4][5] The headquarters of the Society, its General Curia, is in Rome.[6] The historic curia of St Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit Mother Church.

St. Michael’s Patna is a Christian Minority Institution managed by the Patna Jesuits. The Society of Jesus founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of education throughout the world since its inception. In the world Jesuits are responsible for over 1865 educational institutions in 71 countries. These educational institutions engage roughly 1 lakh collaborators and educate approximately 18 lakh students. In India alone the Jesuits are at present responsible for 153 high schools like St. Michael's and St. Xavier's in Patna, 38 colleges like St. Xavier's Kolkata, Ranchi, Patna, Mumbai and 22 Technical Institutions. Besides, the Jesuits have 5 Social Institutes, 11 management Institutes like XLRI Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubhaneshwar, XISS Ranchi, 6 Centres of Scientific Research in disciplines like History, Botany and Zoology, 5 Dialogue Centres to promote communal harmony and collaboration, and innumerable programmes of Adult and Non-formal Education. In all these, and a variety of other fields of activity, over 3000 Jesuits and their 10,000 collaborators from all religions and ethnic backgrounds shape and mould the lives of over 3 lakh young people belonging to every social class, community and linguistic group through the medium of English and several regional languages. Jesuit education is inspired by a vision of human person drawn from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who has always been respected and admired by the people of India. It is also based on the principles of pedagogy elaborated by St. Ignatius of Loyola. This vision and these principles give Jesuit educational institutions a specific character and set before their staff and students high ideals of humanism and service towards which they are invited to strive continually.[7]

Jesuit Patna Province[edit]

The Patna Province office is in St. Xavier's School, West Gandhi Maidan Marg, Patna.


The Beginning: In September 10, 1919, Pope Benedict XV issued his apostolic letter Nova in Indiis, to establish the Diocese of Patna and entrusted it to the Jesuits. Fr. Vladamir Ledochowski, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, assigned the Jesuits of the Missouri Province to this new mission .

In 1921, Frs. William Eline, SJ, Henry Milet, SJ, Edward Anderson, SJ, Patrick Troy, SJ, and Thomas Kelly, SJ. the first five Jesuits of Missouri Province came to this mission in Patna.

In 1928, the Chicago Province was formed from Missouri Province. Patna mission was handed over to Chicago Province. Again in 1956, Chicago province was divided to create a new Detroit Province. Over 155 Jesuits from America, mainly from these two provinces came as missionaries and served people of Bihar in Patna mission.

The hardwork and the generosity of Missouri, Chicago and Detroit provinces, raised Patna mission soon to a vice-province and then in 1962, to an independent province.[8]

Some of famous and best institutions of Jesuits Patna Province are[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jesuits Stories
  2. ^ Loyola, Ignatius; Rules for Thinking with the Church (1999). Bettenson, Henry, ed. Documents of the Christian Church (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 364–367. ISBN 0-19-288071-3. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Vocation formula Jesuits
  4. ^ News on the elections of the new Superior General
  5. ^, Spaniard becomes Jesuits' new "black pope"
  6. ^ Curia Generalizia of the Society of Jesus
  7. ^ Patna Jesuits St. Xavier's Collage, Patna
  8. ^ History, Patna Jesuits 
  9. ^ St. Xavier's High School, Patna

Coordinates: 25°38′43″N 85°06′08″E / 25.6454°N 85.1022°E / 25.6454; 85.1022