Jesuit history

The papal brief Dominus ac Redemptor detailed Pope Clement XIV’s instructions for the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, but its execution was not consistent across kingdoms or dioceses.  Thomas McCoog SJ continues his background to the restoration of the Society by exploring how a network of now-former Jesuits survived after the Society’s suppression and were given new hope with the election of Pope Pius VI. Read more of Thomas McCoog's series on the restoration of...
Thomas McCoog SJ continues his account of the tumultuous history of the Jesuits in the 18th century. With the Jesuits having been expelled from Portugal, Spain, France and Italy, the future of the Society hung in the balance. And what’s more, a papal conclave was just beginning. What lay in store for the Society of Jesus under Pope Clement XIV? Read part one of Thomas McCoog SJ's series on the restoration of the Society of Jesus: The Jesuits in Europe before 1769 The gathering of...
On 7 August, Jesuits worldwide commemorate the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus after a 40-year suppression. Thinking Faith asked Jesuit historian Thomas M. McCoog to tell us the fascinating story of the Jesuits’ downfall and re-establishment…and everything in between!  In the first of a four-part series, we read about how the thriving Society found itself on the losing side of an argument with the great ruling houses of Europe. An Irish Jesuit...
Robin Craig and the picture was taken a Wernersville Jesuit Spirituality Centre PA.
The Feast of St Ignatius Loyola on 31 July is being celebrated this year amid preparations for two other important commemorations: the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and the bicentenary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.  With these anniversaries in mind, Philip Endean SJ explores the martial imagery associated with the founder of the Jesuits: what is the appropriate response to the tradition of ‘Ignatius the soldier-saint’ in the modern age? St...
 The purpose of the Jesuit in Britain Archives is to collect, preserve and make available records concerning the Jesuits in Britain.  The Archive (Archivum Britannicum Societatis Iesu: ABSI) primarily holds records relating to the Jesuits in Britain. It is not, however, the only archive of the British Province. As well as small scale local collections, there are also significant holdings at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire and at Campion Hall, Oxford.  The collection at...

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