A History of the Society of Jesus

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William V. Bangert, S.J.
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The second edition of this comprehensive, scholarly, and well–documented one–volume history of the Jesuits is the last work of William V. Bangert, S.J., who taught history at Fordham University and at Jesuit seminaries throughout the United States. He tells the story of the Jesuits from the early life of Ignatius of Loyola and the founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540 through the 33rd General Congregation in 1983. While the book’s narrative is chronological, Bangert never loses sight of the ever–changing ecclesiastical, political, social, and cultural contexts within which the Jesuits carried on their lives and activities. Major sections cover the “Confrontation with the Age of Reason” in the 17th and 18th centuries, the “Exile, Suppression, and Restoration” of the Society in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the “Accommodation to a New Political, Social, and Colonial World.”


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    A History of the Society of Jesus

    Posted by A Superb History of the Jesuits on Aug 19th 2023

    This is a thorough and detailed history of the Society of Jesus from its origins to modern times. Father Bangert was more than an excellent historian and scholar. He was a faithful and holy man who while working on this book would often come to chapel for quiet reflection and prayer. He lived out his Jesuit vocation in the fullest sense, and his book reflect proud wisdom and understanding into the people who formed and directed the Order though some very tumultuous and difficult times. We live in a difficult time for Christians today, and this book has much to offer us as we read the story of a religious order that led the counter-Reformation in Europe and continues today in the ministry of Pope Francis.