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Inspirational Jesuits

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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Giuseppe Castiglione

In Church missions there is often a clash of cultures between that of the missionary and that of the people to whom he brings the Gospel. For a missionary, finding a middle ground can be important in order to best communicate across this culture gap, and this is not always found through religion. A celebrated artist, Giuseppe Castiglione SJ achieved ...

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Peter Kenney

Peter Kenney was an Irish Jesuit credited with restoring the Society of Jesus in Ireland after their suppression, as well as with establishing several colleges and devoting much of his life to the education of youth.

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John Corridan

John Corridan challenged corrupt union officials and Irish gangsters on the docks of New York City in the 1940s and 1950s, giving voice to the plight of the ordinary dock workers.

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Saint Peter Claver

Spaniard Peter Claver dedicated his life to the needs of the slaves in South America, and he was declared the patron saint of missionary work among all African peoples.

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Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Italian Aloysius Gonzaga rejected high social rank to look after the sick and dying in Rome. He is the patron saint of young students and of all Christian youth.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Born an Anglican, Gerard Manley Hopkins was later received into the Catholic Church by theologian John Henry Newman. Hopkins was one of the most important poets of his time.

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