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On 21 August 1834, Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ died at Lowe House, St Helens. Born in Draycott, near Painsley in Staffordshire, in 1748, and entering the Society in 1767, those who have some knowledge of British Jesuit history might realise that Fr Stone would have been witness to a particularly significant, and turbulent, period for British Jesuits and the Society as a whole.Catholic education in England and Wales had been outlawed since Elizabethan times, so, in order to provide an education for...
Pope Francis presides at the Liturgy of Thanksgiving in Rome, September 2014
A new publication by Cambridge University Press attempts to place the Suppression of the Society of Jesus (1773 – 1814) in its international context by analysing its causes and effects. Edited by Jonathan Wright and Jeffrey D. Burson, it aims to shed new light on the significance of the Suppression by drawing on the latest research.When Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus in 1773, it had a profound impact. Describing it as “a dramatic, puzzling act”, The Jesuit Suppression in...
Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer who has won multiple awards for his film soundtracks including The Mission, has debuted the first mass he has ever written, named after St Ignatius Loyola and composed in honour of Pope Francis in the Church where Ignatius is buried.The Missa Papae Francisci was performed on Wednesday (10 June) by the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, with Morricone himself conducting, at the Gesù (Chiesa del Gesù), the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome. The Mass...
William Strickland SJ
Throughout 2014, the Society of Jesus worldwide has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of its restoration by Pope Pius VII. As the year comes to a close, Emeritus Archivist Tom McCoog SJ recalls the contribution of two English Jesuits: Marmaduke Stone SJ and William Strickland SJ.When Pope Clement XIV dissolved the Society of Jesus in 1773, the members of the now suppressed English Province were not exactly left like sheep without a shepherd. Those who lectured at the English Academy in...
The message of Pope Francis at the Liturgy of Thanksgiving for the Restoration of the Society of Jesus, Rome, 27 September 2014Dear brothers and friends in the Lord,The Society under the name of Jesus has lived difficult times of persecution. During the leadership of Fr Lorenzo Ricci, "enemies of the Church succeeded in obtaining the suppression of the Society" (John Paul II, Message to Fr Kolvenbach, 31 July 990) by my predecessor Clement XIV. Today, remembering its reconstitution,...
Last Saturday, 27 September 2014, Pope Francis presided over a Liturgy of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. The service marked the 200th anniversary of the Universal Re-establishment of the Society of Jesus, which took place on 7 August 1814 with the Bull of Pius VII Sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum. Since his election as Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first Jesuit to ascend to the throne of Peter, has visited the Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuits, on 31 July 2013, (the Feast...
This is the ninth reflection, commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Henri de Lubac.You are the centre, Lord, of my life. The centre of my life. Amid all my preoccupations, all the worries and hassles and concerns in my mind right now, can I focus for a moment on the centre of my life? Can I open my heart to God, my guide, my healer, my teacher? Can I stop for a moment and listen to God’s voice?Henri de Lubac was...