General Congregation 36

The Jesuits of Canada and the United States have launched a resource page with information about the upcoming General Congregation 36. The GC is the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus, and its first assignment in October will be to elect a successor to the retiring Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ. Learn more about the General Congregation, including who attends and some factoids from previous GCs. The official website for GC 36 […]

Giuseppe Castiglione, SJ: Aesthetic Missionary to China

What would it be like to share the Gospel not through words, but through a vision of what is beautiful? Giuseppe Castiglione, who became known as Láng Shìníng (郎世寧) during his 51 years in China, painted in the court of three emperors and influenced Chinese painters to write the first book on Western painting. His work is commemorated today in over 40 Chinese postage stamps, not to mention his many museum pieces in Beijing and Taipei. Below is a […]

Remembering the Jesuit Martyrs

This week we remember the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. For an extended story about the six Jesuits and two women murdered and the events surrounding November 16, 1989, read Ron Hansen on “Hearing the Cry of the Poor.” May perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace. Amen. Image by Amber under Creative Commons license.

New Exhibit Unearths Jesuit Artifacts from the Midwest

One of the first things a visitor sees when walking into Loyola University Museum of Art’s newest exhibit is two giant globes. The two wooden spheres are valuable records of the western world from 400 years ago—the only pair of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. But for 100 years, they sat in the living room of a seminary near St. Louis, unseen by the outside world. Like many of the artifacts in the exhibit, […]

Restoration Anniversary

Today is the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus, so we turn to these videos from Xavier University for a brief history lesson to mark the occasion. The Suppression of the Society of Jesus (1773) The Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814) If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the videos.

Hopkins Anniversary

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the death of Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ. In celebration of the Jesuit poet, Boston College is hosting an exhibition of Hopkins-related memorabilia. The exhibit also includes works about Hopkins. Paul Mariani, professor of English and Hopkins biographer, said: “”¦it is my experience that his words can best be understood in terms of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, which so deeply shaped him as a priest and […]

Sherlock Holmes and Bernard Lonergan

After watching Sherlock and Elementary, two current television depictions of the famed detective Sherlock Holmes, Adam Hincks, SJ, states: In many ways, Sherlock Holmes’s methods of solving crime exemplifies the thought of a great Canadian Jesuit philosopher of the last century. Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) believed that the key to solving many problems in philosophy, theology and other sciences is to grasp what we are actually doing when we come to know something. He explained that […]

Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. Events are being planned throughout the year to study the historical realities that led to the Suppression in 1773 and its consequences. Two websites of interest during this year are: Jesuit Restoration 1814—This website includes information on the key figures and events of the Suppression and Restoration. Fr. Tim Byron, SJ, blogs about historical events during this era. Jesuit Calendar—The Jesuits […]

North American Martyrs

Tomorrow is the feast of the North American Martyrs, eight French Jesuits who were tortured and killed in southern Ontario and upstate New York in the mid-17th century during warfare between the Iroquois and Huron Indians. These Jesuits worked in conditions of appalling suffering and hardship. St. John de Brébeuf described the situation in a letter to a friend in France who was coming to join them: We shall receive you in a hut, so mean […]

On the Camino

This past week or so I’ve been following a group of Australian pilgrims as they walk the Ignatian Camino, a 340-mile pilgrimage route in northeastern Spain that starts in the town of Loyola and ends at Manresa. It’s the route that Ignatius traveled after his conversion. A group of Jesuits and laypeople established the route two years ago, and a growing number of pilgrims are following Ignatius’s footsteps. I’m following 20 people led by Fr. […]

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