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Jesuit Online Bibliography Available in Open Access

The Jesuit Online Bibliography is a free, multilingual, and fully searchable database of bibliographical records of scholarship in Jesuit Studies now available in Open Access at jesuitonlinebibliography.com. Editorial oversight is a collaborative effort between the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, the Jesuitica Project at KU Leuven, and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.

New Title on the Past and Future of Jesuit Education

In the School of Ignatius–by Claude Pavur, SJ–considers how the Jesuit and Ignatian spirituality of docta pietas (learned devotion) was foundational to Society of Jesus and its schools. These provocative essays are intended for those who wish to learn more about the history of Jesuit education and who share a concern for its future.

About the Portal

A Catholic Library World article explains the story behind the Portal to Jesuit Studies–its origins, development, collaborators, and future plans. The article received the 2019 John Brubaker Award to recognize an outstanding work of literary merit.

The indipetae are letters written by Jesuits to their Superior General in application for the extra-European missions, usually called the “Indies.” In Latin, applying for the Indies was petere Indias; from this are derived the expressions indipetae (the letters) and indipeti (the applicants). After the Suppression (1773) and the Restoration (1814) of the Society of Jesus, the tradition of writing these petitions continued.

Now available as an open access resource, the Digital Indipetae Database collects the indipetae of both the Old and the New Society. Users can search the letters by a number of facets — the full text, a sender’s name or location, the date a letter was sent, the destination desired, and the names of saints quoted among the others. The database also hosts scans of the original letters that are housed at the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu and other Jesuit archives.

The Portal to Jesuit Studies aggregates the contents of the indipetae database and includes them within its search capabilities.