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Global Conference Marks Bicentennial of Jesuit Restoration

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (6-11-14)—Scholars from across the globe will convene at Boston College starting today for “Jesuit Survival and Restoration: 200th Anniversary Perspectives from Boston to Macau,” a conference to mark the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.

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The anniversary commemorates the papal bull Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum (The care of all Churches) issued in 1814 by Pope Pius VII, which universally established the Society of Jesus after 41 years of suppression.

“The history of the Society’s survival after 1773 and its restoration two centuries ago deserve closer attention," said conference organizer Robert A. Maryks, a visiting scholar in the Jesuit Institute at Boston College. "We plan to look at arguably the three most important engine-rooms of Jesuit activity during this turbulent period: east-central Europe/Russia, China, and the United States. What happened in and between these far-flung places defined the future of the Jesuit order and also had momentous consequences for the broader religious and cultural history of three continents.”

There will be a live webcast of the keynote address by historian John W. O’Malley, S. J. at approximately 4 p.m. today. Participants from Boston College include University President William P. Leahy, S.J., Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley, Professor and Jesuit Rector Director T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Fitzgibbons Professor of Philosophy Arthur Madigan, S.J., School of Theology and Ministry Dean Mark Massa, S.J. and Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J., History Assistant Professor Jeremy Clarke, S.J. Full list of scheduled presenters.

The conference also will highlight the exhibitions “Jesuit Survival and Restoration” and “The Jesuit Victorian Poet Gerard Manley Hopkins” on view at BC's John J. Burns Library.