In 1921 St. Michael's Church was again entrusted to the Jesuits for pastoral care. Regular confession opportunities and great liturgies with splendid music and sermons have been hallmarks of our church from the very beginning. Today, pastoral care at St. Michael's is carried by a team of Jesuits, full-time staff and volunteers.
Our concern as Jesuits is "helping the souls", as St. Ignatius von Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Jesuit order, phrased it. Ignatian spirituality embraces the world and focuses on Christ. It serves the church and takes every single human being and their abilities seriously. To convery faith in freedom, to reorganize the world in justice - these are the great aims of the Jesuit order to which even the community of St. Michael's is committed.
There are currently seven Jesuits living just "behind" the choir of St. Michael's, with another five living and working outside the community. Superior and head of the community is P. Martin Stark SJ, who is responsible for communication and fundraising in the administration of our Jesuit province. As rector of St. Michael's Church P. Karl Kern SJ simultaneously is the manager of St. Michael's Center. P. Peter Linster SJ takes care of all practical questions within the community; he serves as rector of Bürgersaalkirche and also works in confessional care. P. Andreas Batlogg SJ reinforces the spiritual offers of St. Michael's as a pastoral caregiver and preacher and works in Faith Guidance. P. Herbert Graupner SJ offers Exercises in Everyday Life and spiritual direction. Another member of our team of pastoral caregivers is P. Klemens Stock SJ. The community of St. Michael's also includes Br. Karl Heinz Lang SJ and P. Johannes Gesthuisen SJ, who is living at the mother house of the Sisters of Charity.
Other Jesuits living outside the community are P. Bernd Franke SJ, who lives in Waldram and works in the parish association Wolfratshausen, P. Matthias Huber SJ, who is a pastoral caregiver at Congregatio Jesu in Nymphenburg, and P. Georg Kappeler SJ, a pastoral caregiver in the Utting-Schondorf parish community.