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August 2021: Newly Digitized Materials from the Maryland Province Archives Now Available

More than 20,000 pages of correspondence related to past superiors of the Maryland Mission and past provincials of the Maryland Province have been digitized and made available through DigitalGeorgetown. The content is part of the Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, which is on deposit at Georgetown University.   The digitized […]

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Visions of Contemplation: Jesuits and Their Rhetoric of Persuasion in Japan, by Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail

Visions of Contemplation: Jesuits and Their Rhetoric of Persuasion in Japan   Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail Indiana University   Originally published: July 14, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.22     When Saint Francis Xavier set sail to India on April 7, 1541,[1] it was about a year before the first Europeans “discovered” Japan.[2] Xavier was nominated núncio apostólico (apostolic

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Slaveholding and Jesuit Recordkeeping in the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, 1717–1867, by Elsa B. Mendoza

Slaveholding and Jesuit Recordkeeping in the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, 1717–1867   Elsa B. Mendoza Georgetown University   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.11     On November 5, 1755, Nanny, a woman enslaved by the Maryland Jesuits, gave birth to a boy named John at Bohemia plantation. The records show

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A Spiritual Inheritance: Black Catholics in Southern Maryland, by Laura E. Masur

A Spiritual Inheritance: Black Catholics in Southern Maryland   Laura E. Masur The Catholic University of America   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.10     An old negro, the white-washer about St. Thomas’, told me a nice story of Father Hunter. One night, it was pitch dark, two young men came from Virginia

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Jesuit Libraries in the Old and the New Society of Jesus as a Historiographical Theme, by Noël Golvers

Jesuit Libraries in the Old and the New Society of Jesus as a Historiographical Theme   Noël Golvers KU Leuven   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.07     Beginning with the spread of Christianity in late antiquity, the clergy became one of the social groups that collected books—classical pre-Christian and Christian titles alike—not

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Giovambattista Noghera (1719–84): A Jesuit Looking Back at a Great Rhetorical Tradition, by Hanne Roer

Giovambattista Noghera (1719–84): A Jesuit Looking Back at a Great Rhetorical Tradition   Hanne Roer Københavns Universitet   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.04     Noghera: A Forgotten Apologist and Jesuit Humanist Although Giovambattista Noghera, S.J. was a professor of rhetoric and a prolific writer—his works were published in a posthumous collection of

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Decree 11: “Union of Hearts and Minds in the Society,” General Congregation 32 (1975)

This lengthy decree is the response of the delegates to the 32nd General Congregation to the “rather large number of postulta” (or petitions) they received on the “spiritual life”—especially prayer and obedience—and on common “spiritual discernment,” notes historian John Padberg (see the congregation’s historical preface in Jesuit Life & Mission Today (2009), pg. 274–276). The decree

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Father General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach’s Introductory Discourses for General Congregation 34 (1995)

Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, delivered the following remarks, over three days, to open the Jesuits’ 34th General Congregation. Kolvenbach reminds the delegates that their gathering had its “source and origins in the spiritual experience of Ignatius and his first companions,” that, in the words of Ignatius, theirs was “a

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