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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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Life and death in the trenches

Dalkey Library is hosting an exhibition of the life and death of Jesuit war chaplain Fr Willie Doyle SJ, a Dalkey native, who was killed in the Battle of Ypres in 1917

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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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Remembering the Great War chaplains

At a recent centenary commemoration, archivist Damien Burke spoke about the Irish Jesuit chaplains at Messines, Flanders, including Fr Willie Doyle

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Henry Garnet

Though Fr Henry Garnet favoured a peaceful response to the persecution of Catholics in Elizabethan England, he was executed on 3 May 1606 in response to the Gunpowder Plot.

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Saint Robert Southwell

Robert Southwell is one of the ten canonised Jesuit martyrs of England and Wales, and his prose and poetry are reportedly to have been well known by Shakespeare

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Henri de Lubac

The French Jesuit Henri de Lubac was one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the twentieth century.

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Saint Paul Miki

The founding of the Society of Jesus coincided in time with the discovery of new continents and peoples across the world by Europeans. Saint Francis Xavier, one of the founding members of the Jesuits, arrived first in Japan in 1549. Though at first the Japanese proved slow to accept Christianity, missionary work picked up increasing momentum across the islands, to ...

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Michel de Certeau

It has been said of French Jesuit academic and scholar Michel de Certeau, who died in 1986, that he had "an intelligence without bounds".

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Saint Peter Canisius

Hailed as the Second Apostle of Germany, Saint Peter Canisius dedicated his life to the revitalisation of the Catholic Church across Central Europe after the ruptures of the Reformation.

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