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Celebrating 200 Years since the Restoration of the Society of Jesus
Welcome to this web-resource commemorating the papal bull Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum (The care of all Churches) issued in 1814 by Pope Pius VII. Henceforth the Society of Jesus was universally established after 41 years of suppression.
"We concede and grant to our beloved son and priest Tadeusz Brzozowski, current superior general of the Society of Jesus, and to others legitimately deputed by him, all necessary and appropriate faculties. at our pleasure and that of the Apostolic See, so that in all said states and jurisdictions, they may licitly and freely admit and accept all who seek to be admitted and incorporated into the regular order of the Society of Jesus"
Excerpt from Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum
In this website - we wish to offer a free resource explaining the circumstances that lead to the Suppression of the Jesuits, their survival in Russia and their restoration by Pius VII. Looking at the timing of key events, the most important characters involved, exploring some of the issue that lead to these events. As always there are heroes and villains, saints and sinners. What can we, the church and the Jesuits learn from these events?
We also look at the Society, post-restoration, what inspiring men and achievements have come out of the ashes of the Suppression?
We want it to be a year of study and reflection. All the crises of
history enclose a hidden wisdom that needs to be fathomed. For us, Jesuits, this is the commemoration of our greatest crisis. It is, therefore, important that we should learn from the events themselves, that we should discover the good and the bad in our behaviour in order to revive those great desires the Pope spoke of and continue the work of Evangelisation, refining our brotherhood and deepening our love.
Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, Superior General of the Jesuits, 2014