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Primary Texts

English translations of primary texts that are essential for understanding the work of the Society of Jesus.

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius: A Translation and Commentary

Author: Ignatius of Loyola

Translator: George E. Ganss, S.J.

A complete translation of St. Ignatius’s classic work, adapted to modern English.


The Life of Ignatius of Loyola

Author: Pedro de Ribadeneira

Translator: Claude Pavur, S.J.

The first English translation of a frank and comprehensive account of Ignatius and the early Jesuits by one of the saint’s earliest companions in Rome.


The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms: A Complete English Translation of Official Latin Texts

Author: The Society of Jesus

Translator: George E. Ganss, S.J., et. al.

A complete English translation of the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus as revised by the 34th General Congregation in 1995.

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