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Inspirational Jesuits

 

John Courtney Murray

John Courtney Murray, author of arguably the most controversial document to arise from Vatican II, Dignitatis Humanae, was vital in articulating the Church’s defence of the right of everyone to religious freedom. Born in New York City in 1904, Murray was educated at a Jesuit high school in Manhattan, and in 1920 he decided to enter their novitiate, at the ...

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Francis Browne

By the time of his death in 1960, Francis Browne had taken photographs of some of the major events in world history and in nearly every parish in Ireland.

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Blessed John Sullivan

John Sullivan was known by those who encountered him as a deeply spiritual and endlessly generous man, and by some even he was known as a healer and a miracle-worker.

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Eusebio Kino

Eusebio Kino is a very inspirational Jesuit for a huge number of reasons. He was known for being many things such as an explorer, geographer, cartographer, missionary and astronomer. He was born in the village of Segno in Mexico, in the Territory of the Bishopric of Trent, which was then part of the Holy Roman Empire. The area in which ...

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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 in 2017 to mark the life and death of Fr Willie Doyle SJ, a Jesuit chaplain who was killed at Passchendaele. An exhibition also continued in 2018.

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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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