Jesuit Saints

The Jesuit Post is taking a light-hearted look at the lives of Jesuit saints in Jesuit Madness 2014. First round voting ends tonight, with 16 contenders for the title. Read the “scouting reports” for brief bios that in many cases include sports nicknames for each saint.

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Today marks the beginning of the annual Novena of Grace in honor of St. Francis Xavier. It’s timed to end on the day that St. Francis and St. Ignatius Loyola were canonized (March 12). Our friends at Sacred Space offer one version of the prayers, complete with biographical information each day.

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Today is the feast day of St. Paul Miki and his companions. The Jesuit Miki and 25 others were martyred in Japan in the 16th century. Fr. Michael Depcik tells the story in sign language and verbally in the below video. For a text version of the story, see Bert Ghezzi’s brief biography of St. […]

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Chris Lowney, author of Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, suggests that the recently canonized Peter Faber would be a good patron saint of business. He makes his argument in this article for NCR. Based on something Faber wrote while in Germany, Lowney concludes: Faber’s vision of business is an ennobling, inspiring […]

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Pope Francis and the Vatican have announced that Peter Faber, SJ, has been canonized. In celebration, Loyola Press is releasing The Quiet Companion, the authoritative biography about Peter Faber and his role in founding and shaping the Society of Jesus. Enjoy this excerpt. As Faber was now [in 1534] preparing for his ordination, Ignatius allowed […]

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Today we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, great missionary and close friend of St. Ignatius. Francis Xavier had planned to devote himself to the intellectual life, but at a strategic moment he surrendered to God, who had long and patiently pursued him. That surrender changed the course of his life—and the course of […]

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Earlier this month, Paul Campbell, SJ, wrote about a favorite Jesuit of his who may not be familiar to some readers: Bl. Pierre Favre. Now the Vatican Insider reports that Pope Francis will likely canonize Favre (also known as Peter Faber) in December, so it’s a good time to learn more about this companion of […]

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Today is the feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ (1533–1617). He was a humble lay brother who served as the doorkeeper at a Jesuit school in Majorca for 45 years. He exerted great influence on Jesuits and lay people who came to know him, and was especially admired for his wisdom about finding joy in hardship. […]

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Today is the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ (1542-1621).  He was a formidable intellectual–a Doctor of the Church and one of the most important leaders of the Catholic Reformation.  He was one of the most powerful men in Rome, but he lived an austere life and gave most of his money to the poor.  […]

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The sainthood cause for Matteo Ricci, SJ, is back on track after a decades-long hiatus during which theologians debated his often controversial reputation. Ricci went to China in 1582 as a missionary. He learned the Chinese language, adopted Chinese customs, and worked to express the Christian faith in concepts and symbols drawn from Chinese culture. […]

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