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Colloquium: Spring 2019


Material Cultures of Devotion in Early Modern Jesuit Missions


This roundtable will examine the functions of sacred objects in three very different Jesuit missions from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries - England, China, and Northeastern America - to compare the devotional, social, and sometimes political significance that sacred objects acquired in different geographical and cultural circumstances. The event will feature an exhibit of relics and sacramental objects from Burns Library's Liturgy and Life Collection, a unique collection of historical devotional materials donated by Catholic communities across the United States.


Friday, April 26th, 2019

Fine Print Room

Burns Library, Boston College

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Laura Masur - Boston University 

Sacred Objects in the Archaeological Record of the Maryland Mission

Eugenio Menegon - Boston University 

Healing and Converting: The Power of Sacred Objects in the China Jesuit Mission

Aislinn Muller - Boston College

Sacramentals, Dissent, and Resistance in Jesuit Missions to Early Modern England

Chair and Respondent James O'Toole - Boston College