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Inspirational Jesuits

 

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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Guy Consolmagno

Guy Consolmagno is a Jesuit brother and director of the Vatican Observatory. In an interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, he discusses the relationship between religion and science.

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Anthony de Mello

Anthony de Mello was a well-known spiritual teacher who conducted retreats and melded eastern and western traditions. His books on spirituality continue to be popular today.

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Augustin Bea

Augustin Bea was confessor to Pope Pius XII and he was a key figure behind the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions.

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Greg Boyle

Greg Boyle SJ is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry programme in the world.

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Jacques Marquette

Frenchman Jacques Marquette was a missionary among the tribes of North America who explored the great Mississippi River. The Père Marquette River in Michigan was later named in his honour.

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Matteo Ricci

Matteo Ricci missioned in China where he brought together Christian and Confucian teachings. He was the first European to enter the Forbidden Palace in Beijing and left a profound legacy.

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Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley SJ was a pioneer of ecumenism in Ireland, particularly in co-founding the Irish School of Ecumenics.

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Daniel Berrigan

A lifelong civil rights activist and anti-war protester, American Jesuit Daniel Berrigan saw Christian life to involve discovering God simultaneously in both the Word and the World. He had a profound interest in scripture, and he was an author, teacher and poet, but his keenest conviction was that the divine encounter with humankind takes place in the very heart of ...

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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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