The Jesuits and the Church in History



The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies hosted its seventh annual International Symposium on Jesuit Studies in June 2022 at Boston College. The theme for the event was “Jesuits and the Church in History.” The program featured presentations by nearly 80 other scholars, making it the largest symposium to date.


The essays below are revisions of presentations, as invited by the Institute. Each essay was subjected to a double-blind peer review and further revisions by the author. All necessary citation information for each essay appears on its downloadable pdf document. Essays will be published on a rolling basis.



— Claude Pavur, S.J., Barton Geger, S.J., and Robert Gerlich, S.J.


Section 1. 


Part 1 — 

Edmund Arrowsmith, S.J., and the English Catholic Mission: Ministry, Martyrology, and Hagiography in His Life and Afterlife

— Robert E. Scully, S.J.


The Expulsion and Return of the Jesuits to Venice, 1606–57: A Test of Loyalty between the Papacy and the Jesuits

Paul F. Grendler


The Early Jesuits’ Relations with Other Religious Orders

— Nelson H. Minnich


Founding a Jesuit College in the Kingdom of Naples (Sixteenth–Seventeenth Centuries): 

Local Strategies, Global Conflicts

— Niccolò Guasti


Two Perspectives

— John W. O’Malley, S.J.


Part 2 — 

Jesuits and the Church in Light of the Society’s Roman Archives

— Robert Danieluk, S.J.


Martyrdom in the Library: The Books of the Early Modern Jesuit Novitiate in Mainz (Germany)

— Elisa Frei


“Contemplative Likewise in Action”: Jesuit identity and the Church (Sixteenth–Seventeenth Centuries)

— Irene Gaddo


The Jesuits and the Church

— Stefania Tutino


Part 3 — 

Ambivalent Reception: Reflections on Jesuit Foundations by the Local Catholic Church in the Austrian Jesuit Province in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century

— Zsófia Kádár


Obedience in the Church and in the Society of Jesus

— Jörg Nies


Popes and Jesuits vs. Nationalism (ca. 1846–1978)

— Thomas Worcester, S.J.