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The Portal’s Essential Document collection offers free access to English translations of some of the most important primary sources in Jesuit history. The selected documents include letters and addresses from the Fathers General–dating back to Ignatius of Loyola–selected decrees and addresses from the General Congregations, and bulls, remarks, and other statements that pontiffs have made to or about the Society of Jesus.

 

Additional documents will be added in installments. Contributors to this ever-growing collection include Jesuit Sources, the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and the former Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. To learn how you can contribute to the Essential Documents collection, please contact the Portal’s editors (jesuitportal@bc.edu).

 

Through the Portal’s homepage, you can search the full contents of the entire Essential Documents collection.

 

Through the chart below, you can browse the collection or filter results by title, author, series, or contributor. For example, below search “Decree” to only see the decrees issued by the general congregations. Or search “Poverty” (or “Chastity” or “Obedience”) to only see documents with that term in the title. You can also filter by date ranges (all documents, for example, from 1539 to 1773, or from 1814 to 2008).

 

Current subsections of the Essential Documents (the contents of which also appear below) include: Letters of Ignatius of Loyola and The Arrupe Collection.

 

Also available are all the decrees and statements made at General Congregation 31, General Congregation 32, General Congregation 33, General Congregation 34, and General Congregation 35.

 

wdt_ID Year Title Author Series Contributor
1 1539 The Deliberations of Our First Fathers Maruca, Dominic (translator) Founding Documents Maryland Province, Society of Jesus
2 1539 Cum Ex Plurium (Prima Societatis Iesu instituti summa) Conwell, Joseph F. (translator) Founding Documents Oregon Province, Society of Jesus
3 1539 The First Jesuits' Vow of Obedience Costellone, M. Joseph (translator) Founding Documents Institute of Jesuit Sources
4 1539 Five Chapters Aldama, Antonio de (translator) Founding Documents Institute of Jesuit Sources
5 1540 Regimini militantis Ecclesiae (1540 Formula of the Institute) Paul III Papal Documents Institute of Jesuit Sources
6 1541 Ignatius on Dealing with Others Ignatius of Loyola Letters of Ignatius Institute of Jesuit Sources
7 1542 Ignatius on Reconciliation Ignatius of Loyola Letters of Ignatius Institute of Jesuit Sources
8 1542 Ignatius on Obedience Ignatius of Loyola Letters of Ignatius Institute of Jesuit Sources
9 1542 Ignatius on Writing Ignatius of Loyola Letters of Ignatius Institute of Jesuit Sources
10 1543 Ignatius on Fraternal Connection Ignatius of Loyola Letters of Ignatius Institute of Jesuit Sources
Year Title Author Series Contributor