2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the ‘Restoration’ of the Jesuits. This website features a commemorateive calendar of great Jesuits of the last 200 years, complete with audio reflections.
The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St Ignatius and his first companions, and the Jesuits were to become an important religious order, with ministries and missions in many parts of the world. Among its members is Pope Francis.
As they gained in influence, Jesuits found themselves more and more in clashes with those who held power. In July 1773, Pope Clement XI suppressed the Jesuits and ordered them to leave all Catholic countries.
The publishers explain: 'It was not until 1814 that the restoration of the Jesuits could be completed, when on 7 August Pope Pius VII attended the Jesuit Church of the Gesù in Rome, celebrated mass at the altar of St Ignatius with 18 cardinals and many other bishops and priests, and pronounced the Jesuits restored everywhere.
'Since 1814 the Jesuits have once again established ministries and missions throughout the world, and this calendar is to acknowledge and celebrate the work that has been done by so many over the past 200 years.'
To view this website and all the commemorative reflections and multimedia, CLICK HERE.