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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.



The Habit That Hides the Monk


Boston University Professor Eugenio Menegon, the Institute’s Affiliated Scholar, delivered a presentation on missionary fassion in the Imperial Court in Early modern China during the Institutes office luncheon on April 25th. Menegon's presentation hilighted the change in missionary style between the Ming and Qing period. 

Freelance Preachers?


Anne Régent-Susini, Associate Professor at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris), presented her research on the rhetorical dimension of Indian convert speeches in the first Jesuit Relations in Canada. Professor Régent Susini's spoke at the Institute's office luncheon on April 12th.

60-Minute Conversations

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studied presents: 60-Minute Conversations with Jesuit History - Featuring John W. Padberg, S.J. Interviewed by Robert Aleksander Maryks

Visiting Reasearcher Awarded Fellowship

Hitomi Omata Rappo, a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, has received the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. Find out more about Hitomi and the Swiss Fellowship.

A Great Service

"Cristiano Casalini and Claude Pavur have done a great service for those of us who work in Jesuit higher education." Read the review of Jesuit Pedagogy: A Reader by Saint Louis University Professor Gregory Beabout in Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal.


Watch the interview of Professor Robert Maryks as he reflects upon this important new work on the life, writings, and spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. 

iajs In the news

"Obviously the goals of such a program are very important for the continuing vision of Jesuit education," said Saint Louis University High School President David Laughlin.

upcoming events

May: IAJS Portal Launch

A reception to commemorate the launch of The Portal to Jesuit Studies. The Portal will provide free, online access to a fully searchable collection of primary sources and scholarly publications in the field of Jesuit Studies. Learn more about The Portal

June 14 – 18: The International Symposium - Boston 

The International Symposia, crossing thematic, chronological, and disciplinary boundaries, offer annual opportunities for academic exchanges. Symposia have a global impact, attracting a worldwide community of scholars, thus far, in Nairobi and Boston. 

June 19 – July 21: Certificate in Jesuit Studies

The nine credit professional program combines pilgrimage and experiential learning in Spain and Rome with graduate coursework and seminars at Boston College to examine Jesuit spirituality, history, and leadership methods. In its fourth iteration, the program welcomes Jesuit scholastics, faculty and administrators from the Jesuit high school and college networks, and participants from outside Jesuit apostolates, including a university president. The Institute's instructors also introduce the participants to some of the Society's leadership, both in Europe and in the United States.


The high school summer program provides unique opportunities for students to experience the tradition of Jesuit education. The Institute's inaugural program welcomed one hundred 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.


new from jesuit sources

featured texts

Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540-1616: A Reader

Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540-1616:
A Reader

Editors: Cristiano Casalini
 Claude Pavur, SJ

For the first time in English a wide selection of relevant materials that lets us see the development of Jesuit approaches to pedagogy in theory and practice. More »

Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits

Hearts on Fire:
Praying with Jesuits
Edited by: Michael Harter, SJ

A treasure trove of Ignatian prayers written by some 40 Jesuits from the foundation of the Society to the twenty-first century. More »

The Life of Ignatius of Loyola

The Life of Ignatius of Loyola
Author: Pedro de Ribadeneira, SJ
Translanted by:  Claude Pavur, SJ

The first English translation of the earliest official biography of St. Ignatius. More »