News Detail
Jesuit John Carroll (1735 – 1815), founder of Georgetown University and the first bishop of Baltimore, was ordained during the depths of the suppression in 1790 but lived to see his beloved Society of Jesus restored in 1814. Noted 19th century portraitist Gilbert Stuart painted this image of Bishop Carroll, which hangs today in the president’s office at Georgetown University.
2014 Marks 200th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus

January 3, 2014 — Today, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Church of the Gesù in Rome with fellow Jesuits for the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which is also the official start of the yearlong commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. The Jesuits in the U.S. are planning a number of events throughout the year to mark the bicentennial of Pope Pius VII’s order to restore the Society of Jesus, which had been suppressed in 1773.

Pressured by the royal courts of Portugal, France and Spain, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society, causing Jesuits throughout the world to renounce their vows and go into exile. The suppression lasted for 41 years, until the Society’s restoration on August 7, 1814.

“I pray that our grateful commemoration of this 200th anniversary of the Society’s reestablishment might be blessed with a deeper appropriation of our way of life and a more creative, generous and joyful commitment to give our lives in service for the greater glory of God,” said Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Anniversary events in the U.S. will include a speakers’ bureau with Jesuit and lay collaborators. Speakers include Jesuit Fathers Tom Lucas, Mark Lewis, Gerald McKevitt, John Padberg and Thomas Worcester and Drs. Emmett Curran of Georgetown University, Robert Maryks of Boston College and Jonathan Wright of Durham University in the United Kingdom.

In addition, there will be two academic conferences. The Boston College conference, “Jesuit Survival and Restoration: 200th Anniversary Perspectives from Boston and Macau,” will take place June 11-15, 2014, and will examine aspects of the history of the restoration in east-central Europe/Russia, China and the United States. Loyola University Chicago’s conference, “Restored Jesuits and the American Experience,” will be held October 16–19, 2014. 

To view the Mass of Pope Francis at the Gesù, visit www.sjweb.info/vaticantv.html [Sources: Jesuit Curia, Ignatianspirituality.org


Recent News

November 21, 2014 — The 1989 murders of six Jesuits and two women in El Salvador have had a lasting impact on Jesuits and their lay collaborators.

November 20, 2014 — Jesuit Father Dave Anderson, chaplain for Seattle University alumni and the men's basketball team, is now chaplain to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks as well.

November 14, 2014 — Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno Coto, a human rights activist from Honduras, is a former student of Jesuit Father Ignacio Ellacuría.

November 13, 2014 — Twenty-five years after the murders of six Jesuits and two lay women in El Salvador, Jesuits strive for justice that forges reconciliation and looks to the future.

November 12, 2014 — Twenty-five years after six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter, were assassinated at the University of Central America, Jesuits and their lay collaborators are remembering them with commemorative events.

November 10, 2014 — The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life held a recent panel discussion at Georgetown University, featuring editors of major Catholic publications.

November 7, 2014 — Artist Mary Pimmel-Freeman brings the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador to life in portraits she created as a student at Rockhurst University in 2006.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 11/24/14

America - 11/17/14

America - 11/10/14



Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Located on the shores of Lake Lewisville in Lake Dallas, Texas, Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House is situated on an inviting 37-acre campus less than an hour north of Dallas.