The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus: The Formula of the Institute: Notes for a Commentary - Paperback

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Antonio M. de Aldama, S.J.
Ignacio Echániz, S.J.
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106 pages

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The Formula of the Institute addresses the document, first drafted in 1539, that became the basic “rule” of the Society of Jesus. It laid down the fundamental structure of what was to be a new religious order, prefacing the more robust statutes that became known as The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. This volume describes the history and significance of the Formula and examines its “chapters,” which include: The Aim of the Society and Its Institutionalization, The Vow of Obedience to the Pope, The Vow of Obedience to the Superior of the Society, and the Vow of Poverty.


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    A TImely Undertaking

    Posted by Joan L Roccasalvo, C.S.J. on Sep 18th 2017

    Father Antonio de Aldama, S.J. is in the process of revitalizing the working documents of the Society of Jesus. This undertaking promises to be a tour de force when completed. His commentaries are important not only for the Society but also for religious institutes of consecrated women, and in particular, the Sisters of St. Joseph. We were founded by the 17th-century French Jesuit priest, Jean-Pierre. Medaille (d 1669). Father de Aldama writes concisely and with clarity. The overall design of BC's IJS attracts by its color scheme and simplicity . In my view, the insignia of the Society calls for editing, especially regarding the lines within the two concentric circles..