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Formula the Institute (1540)

The following text is the “Formula of the Institute” composed by St. Ignatius and his first companions in 1539 as a kind of charter or mission statement for the new Society of Jesus. It was inserted with minor revisions into the 1540 bull Regimini militantis Ecclesiae, in which Pope Paul III formally approved the foundation […]

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The Kind of Person the Superior General Ought to Be (1558)

This document, a chapter from the Part IX of the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, articulates the desired qualities in the Jesuits’ superior general. Though the Constitutions were not approved until the first General Congregation of 1558, the first Jesuits elected Ignatius as their superior general in April 1541. Ignatius collaborated with Juan Alfonso

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Fathers General

The Society of Jesus—much like “all well-organized communities or congregations”—appoints a person “whose proper duty,” according to the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, “is to attend to the universal good.” For the Jesuits in particular, the superior general’s “duty is the good government, preservation, and growth of the whole body of the Society.” (Rather

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The Portal’s Collaborators

The Portal’s editors welcome collaborative partners to provide free online access to the some of the richest content associated with the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus. The Portal’s editors are very pleased to acknowledge the collaborative assistance they receive from the following institutions:     Archivum Romanum Societatis

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May 2016: Selected Symposium Presentations in Open Access

The first volume based the International Symposia on Jesuit Studies has been published as part of Brill’s Jesuit Studies book series.   Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of Proceeding within the Society of Jesus offers an introductory essay and 12 chapters. According to the publisher, “The volume theme is the distinctiveness of Jesuits and

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July 2015: New Book on Imago primi saeculi Societatis Iesui, by John O’Malley

John O’Malley’s Art, Controversy, and the Jesuits: The Imago Primi Saeculi, available through St. Joseph’s University Press. The Imago primi saeculi Societatis Iesu, a 952 folio-sized volume of poetry, prose with 127 exquisite copperplate engravings, celebrated the Society’s centenary in 1640. The publisher calls O’Malley’s text, “the most comprehensive study of the important book ever to

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