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Barton T. Geger, S.J.

Assistant Professor of the Practice


Fr. Geger, from St. Louis, Missouri, entered the Society of Jesus in 1990. In 2010, he received a doctorate in sacred theology at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid with a dissertation on the Jesuit Constitutions. From 2010 to 2016 he was a theology teacher and Director of Ignatian Programming at Regis University in Denver, Colorado; he was also rector of the Jesuit communities at Regis University and St. Ignatius Loyola Parish. Since 2016 he is general editor of the quarterly monograph series Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. Since 2017, he has been Assistant Professor of the Practice at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, and a research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, also at Boston College, where he is currently revising Fr. George Ganss' ground-breaking 1970 English-language edition of the Jesuit Constitutions. His personal project is a translation of an obscure, heretofore unpublished manuscript by Fr. Pedro Ribadeneira, SJ (1527-1611) on perseverance in a Jesuit vocation.

Selected Courses

  • Classic Wisdom for Discerning Spirits
  • The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus
  • Prayer and Discernment in the Spiritual Exercises

Selected Publications

(ed.) "The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. A Study Edition." Boston College: Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, 2023.

(ed.) A Pilgrim’s Testament: The Memoirs of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Boston College: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2020.

"Ten Things That St. Ignatius Never Said or Did," Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits (50)1; Spring 2018

“Bending the Knee to Baal: St. Ignatius on Jesuit Vocation Promotion.” Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. 48 (4), Winter 2016.

“Myths, Misquotes, and Misconceptions about St. Ignatius Loyola.” Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal. 5(1): 6-20 (2016).

Cura Personalis: Some Ignatian Inspirations.” Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal. 3(2): 6-20 (2014).

“Hidden Theology in the ‘Autobiography’ of St. Ignatius.” Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. 46(3), Autumn 2014.

“What Magis Really Means and Why It Matters.”  Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal. 1/2: 16-31 (2012).

“The First First Companions: The Continuing Impact of the Men Who Left Ignatius.” Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. 44(2), Summer 2012.