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Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies seeks to deepen understanding and appreciation of the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus through courses, workshops, publications, and scholarly symposia.



Frei Speaks at Institute

In January, Elisa Frei, an Institute Fellow, discussed her research on the petitions for the Indies (litterae indipetae) written by Italian Jesuits between ca. 1687 and 1730. Frei analyzed the petitioners’ motivations, personal relations (within their family secundum carnem and their religious family), and psychologies, and considers the appeals in the context of the Epistulae Generalium, containing the replies by the Jesuits’ superior general. 

Certificate in Jesuit Studies program

The Institute is now welcoming applications for the first of the graduate courses in Jesuit Studies offered through its Certificate in Jesuit Studies program. The deadline to apply to the 2018 summer immersion course is February 1. Click here to learn more about the course and the application process.

The Portal to Jesuit Studies now available

The Portal provides free and informed direction to a fully searchable collection of primary sources in Jesuit history and secondary scholarship in the field of Jesuit Studies. Click to access The Portal

Ever to Excel program

The Ever to Excel program welcomed 150 students from around the world to deepen their faith, serve others, and explore Boston College. The Institute organizes the annual program through the Lilly Foundation's High School Youth Theological Institutes. Check out the wrap up video from the program.

spring events


February 13: Cristiano Casalini and Claude Pavur, S.J.
9 a.m.

The editors of Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540–1616: A Reader present on the second volume of English translations of materials related to Jesuit approaches to pedagogy in theory and practice (1616–1703). To attend, please contact the Institute (


February 21: Jean Luc Enyegue, S.J., Boston University
10 a.m.

Jean Luc Enyegue, a collaborative scholar at the Institute, presents on his research: "The Creation of the Jesuit Vice-Province of West Africa: The Emergence of a 'New Jesuit Global Ethos' and its Institutional Challenges in the Context of Africanization, 1946-1976." To attend, please contact the Institute (


February 27: Hitomi Omata Rappo,
Harvard University
12 p.m.

Collaborative Scholar Hitomi Omata Rappo--also a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s History department--presents her research: “Jesuit Archaeologies of the Crucifixion: From Trent to the Shores of Japan.” To attend, please contact the Institute (


March 19: David Salomoni, University of Rome III
12 p.m.

The Institute hosts David Salomoni for a presentation on “Jesuits, Superstition, and Rural Missions in the Sixteenth Century: The Case of Northern Italy.” To attend, please contact the Institute (



April 10: Jesuit Missionaries in China

At a colloquium hosted with Burns Library, Institute Fellow Elisa Frei and Affiliated Scholar Eugenio Menegon present their research on the motivations and experiences of the early Jesuit missionaries in China. Contact the Institute with any questions; invitations are forthcoming (



June 1-2: International Symposium in Spain

The annual International Symposium on Jesuit Studies takes place Seville’s Universidad Loyola Andalucía, with the theme: “Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity.” Click for more details.

To contact a staff member of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies,
please call 617-552-2568 or e-mail

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