Whilst the brief of suppression was promulgated, around the world many Jesuits were absorbed into different streams of the Church's life. An outstanding example of this is John Carroll, who was to become the first Archbishop in North America. Born into an Irish family who had a plantation in Maryland, expressing an interest in becoming a Jesuit he was sent to a college run by the exiled British Jesuits in St.Omer in Belgium (currently Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, England). After ordination he remained in Europe and returned to Maryland on the Suppression of the Society of Jesus, at the age of 38, he had been a Jesuit for 20 years.
His apostolate in North America had its ups and downs. Whilst America was under English administration it was a difficult climate to work in - with a fierce anti-Catholicism. However when the American Revolution (1756-83) forced the English out, it became easier to establish an ecclesiastical infrastructure for the Catholic Church. After convincing the Pope of the need for a bishop in the new climate, and also the fear of having a foreign bishop foisted on them - Carroll was ordained a bishop by Bishop Charles Walmesley on August 15, 1790 (the Feast of the Assumption) in the chapel of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, England.
John Carroll seems to have come from a special family. His cousin Charles - became the first senator from Maryland, was the only Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence. His older brother Daniel was one of only five men to sign both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States. They both had key roles in nation-building in the United States achievements that were mirrored by John in the Church. John, the first bishop and archbishop, built the first Cathedral and founded the first Catholic University in the US. Perhaps the Suppression gave him the freedom to perform these important tasks?