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Inspirational Jesuits

 

Jean Daniélou

The ressourcement movement in mid-20th century Catholic theology featured many great people, and Jean Daniélou SJ was one of them. He was as remarkable for his goodness of life as he was for his deep scholarship and his brilliant ability to draw fresh theological thinking out of his attention to the earliest Christian sources, the writing of the Early Church ...

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A champion at the front

A number of centenary events took place last year to mark the life and death of Fr Willie Doyle SJ, a Jesuit chaplain who was killed at Passchendaele. An exhibition also continues this year.

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Respected for his pastoral approach, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, and the first to take the name Francis.

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Walter Ciszek

Polish-American Walter Ciszek spent 23 years in the Soviet Union in various prisons and work camps. In 1988, the cause for his canonisation was officially introduced.

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Blessed Dominic Collins

A selfless and spiritual man, Blessed Dominic Collins was brutally executed for refusing to renounce his faith by the English army during the Ulster Plantation in the early 17th century. Dominic Collins was born in 1566 to a wealthy merchant family in Youghal, County Cork. At the age of twenty Collins went to the continent; wanting to join the cavalry ...

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Jean-Baptiste Janssens

Although Pedro Arrupe SJ, 28th Superior General of the Jesuits, is usually credited with effecting a seismic shift in the Society’s understanding of its mission in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, one should not underestimate the work of his predecessor, Jean-Baptiste Janssens, in laying the ground for this work. Fr Janssens was Superior General for eighteen years, from ...

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Saint Francis Borgia

The third Superior General of the Jesuits, Saint Francis Borgia, played a critical role in the spread of the Society of Jesus throughout the world during its formative years, particularly with respect to the founding of colleges and centres of education.

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Alfred Delp

Alfred Delp was a German Jesuit who strongly opposed the Nazi regime in favour of a more tolerant and humane Germany, and he was ultimately killed for his Catholic principles.

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Saint Alberto Hurtado

Saint Alberto Hurtado is revered in his home country of Chile for his work on behalf of the poor and workers there. His ministries have continued long after his death.

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Friedrich Spee

Friedrich Spee wrote the influential book, Cautio Criminalis (Precautions for Prosecutors), opposing how witch trials were conducted, eventually helping to bring about the ending of its practice.

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