How the Jesuits Survived Their Suppression
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How the Jesuits Survived Their Suppression The Society of Jesus in the Russian Empire (1773-1814)

Marek Inglot, S.J.

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 9/2015
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-916101-83-1
Book Id: 79


Edited and translated by Daniel L. Schlafly

xvii + 305 pages / index / 10 x 7 in. / 65 b/w and color images


From its founding in 1540, the Society of Jesus has been one of the most important religious orders in the Catholic Church. However, it almost vanished from the pages of history when Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuits worldwide on July 21, 1773, with the brief Dominus ac Redemptor. Catherine the Great of Russia saved the Society almost singlehandedly. She protected the 201 Jesuits she had acquired in 1772 with the First Partition of Poland and insisted that they continue their apostolic work as Jesuits. For decades, her successors continued to support the Jesuits. The "Russian" Society was the only surviving Jesuit entity in the world after 1780, except for a few Jesuits in Quebec, where Governor James Murray and Bishop Jean-Olivier Briand refused to implement the brief of suppression. The "Russian" Society served as a beacon of hope for former Jesuits everywhere, made possible partial restorations outside the empire before 1814, and led directly to the general restoration of the Society in that year. How the Jesuits Survived Their Suppression: The Society of Jesus in the Russian Empire (1773-1814) examines this crucial, but little known, chapter of Jesuit history.


Table of Contents

Translator and Editor's Introduction

List of Abbreviations


Part One: The Jesuits in the Russian Empire, 1772-1820

Chapter One: The Brief Dominus ac Redemptor and the Jesuits of Belarus

Chapter Two: Consolidation and Organization of the Province of Belarus: 1776-1782

Chapter Three: Jesuit Apostolates in the Russian Empire: 1772-1820

Part Two: Approval of the Society of Jesus

Chapter Four: Papal Approval of the Society of Jesus in Russia

Chapter Five: The Contribution of the Jesuits of Belarus to the Reestablishment of the Society in Italy

Chapter Six: The Rebirth of the Society in Various Countries


Appendix I

Appendix II

Bibliographical Note

Biographical Appendix




Marek Inglot, S.J., is Ordinary Professor in the Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Daniel L. Schlafly is Professor of History and of International Studies and Director of the Russian and Eastern European Area Studies Program at Saint Louis University.



"[T]he most important function of this impressive edition is to open a conversation, and for that it could not be better-suited or better timed. . . . With the help of Inglot and Schlafly, and the otherwise long-neglected Polish and Russian sources on which this volume relies, our continuing discussion about the global Jesuit community may finally incorporate this crucial part of Europe."

Greg Afinogenov (Harvard University), Archivum Historicum Societatis Jesu

By This Author: Marek Inglot, S.J.

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