Institute-Jesuit-StudiesEngaging Sources: The Tradition and Future of Collecting History in the Society of Jesus


Boston College, Gasson Hall | June 11–13, 2019

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies invites you to join the nearly 70 scholars from five continents presenting at the fifth annual International Symposium on Jesuit Studies. The three-day event features 14 panels and 3 plenary sessions. Simon Ditchfield of York University will deliver the keynote address. These presentations will consider how Jesuit source materials have contributed to the ongoing self-understanding of the Society of Jesus as a religious order, how they have continued to serve as unique perspectives to history, and how they should be preserved and disseminated in the future. 

Full Program

Tuesday, June 11

8:00am – 8:45am Breakfast

9:00am – 10:45am Welcome and Keynote

Chair: Casey Beaumier, S.J., Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

Welcoming remarks

  • William P. Leahy, S.J., Boston College

Keynote address

“Daniello Bartoli, S.J. (1608–1685), His Sources and the Writing of the First ‘Global’ History of the Jesuits”

  • Simon Ditchfield, University of York

11:00am – 12:30pm Paper Session A

Rediscovering History in “New” Jesuit Sources

Chair: Aislinn Muller, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“Invisible Histories, Silenced Histories of the Philippines: The Labor Evangélica: Ministerios Apostólicos de los Obreros de la Compañía de Jesús (ca. 1701), by Father Diego de Oña, SJ (1655–1721)”

  • Alexandre Coello de la Rosa, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

“When There is No Written Record: The Use of Archaeology to Recover the Jesuit Past”

  • Brendan Weaver, Stanford University

“History-keeping under Persecution: Sources from the College of Jesus of Coimbra, Discovered in 2016”

  • Margarida Miranda, Universidade de Coimbra, and António Trigueiros, S.J. Brotéria

Real and Imagined Missions: Italian Litterae Indipetae of Old and New Society of Jesus

Chair: Emanuele Colombo, DePaul University

“‘You only torment and upset yourself’: Jesuits between Indifference and Restlessness (Sicily, 17th–18th centuries)”

  • Elisa Frei, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“The litterae indipetae (1814–1853): A Source for the History of the ‘New’ Society of Jesus”

  • Marco Rochini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan

“‘For the salvation of Russia’: Some Brief Remarks on Russipetae in the 20th Century”

  • Sabina Pavone, Università degli studi di Macerata

12:45pm – 2:30pm Lunch


2:45pm – 4:15pm Paper Session B

Constructing Identity through Jesuit Sources

Chair: André Brouillette, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

“Between Identity and History: the Vocazioni illustri della Compagnia di Gesù of Giovanni Antonio Valtrino”

  • Irene Gaddo, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli

“Lessons from Japan: Nicolas Trigault Writes to a Global Audience”

  • Nicholas Lewis, St. Louis University

“Alessandro Valignano and the Construction of Europe’s First Image of Japan”

  • Jan Leuchtenberger, University of Puget Sound


Sensuous Sources of the Asian Missions

Chair: Elisa Frei, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“Pleasing the Emperor: Revisiting the Figured Chinese Manuscript of Matteo Ricci’s Maps”

  • Fangyi Cheng, Boya College of Sun Yat-sen University

“Sketching the Historical Soundscape of Sacred Music in China through Jesuit Sources”

  • Li-Xing Hong, Fu Jen Catholic University

“Visions of Contemplation – Jesuit Arts in Japan”

  • Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail, Indiana University


Sources of Jesuits’ Pedagogical Influences

Chair: Claude Pavur, S.J., Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“Knowledge Transmission and Personal Expectancies through Pedro de Hortigosa’s Correspondence: Pedagogy and Missionary Experience in the Jesuit Province of New Spain”

  • Hugo Zayas-Gonzalez, Central Michigan University

“Textbooks from 16th Century Portuguese Jesuits Philosophy Courses”

  • Paula Oliveira e Silva, Universidade do Porto

“The Philosophical Heritage of the Jesuits in Brazil”

  • Lúcio Álvaro Marques, Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro

“Philosophy at the Geopolitical Service of Mission: Coimbra Jesuits’ ‘Wirkungsgeographie’ (1560–1730)”

  • Mário Santiago de Carvalho, Universidade de Coimbra


4:30pm – 6:00pm Reception


6:00pm – 8:30pm Dinner


To building and sustaining collaboration through digital resources

Chair: Seth Meehan, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

  • Cristiano Casalini, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies
  • Anna Kijas, Boston College Libraries
  • Yannick Van Loon, Jesuitica project, KU Leuven

  • Mário Santiago de Carvalho, Universidade de Coimbra


Wednesday, June 12

8:00am – 8:45am Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am Paper Session C

Constructing History through Jesuit Sources

Chair: Claude Pavur, S.J., Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“Pedro de Ribadeneira and the Use of Sources: Critical History and Hagiography in the Early Society”

  • Robert Scully, S.J., Le Moyne College

“Early Modern Jesuit Historiography as a Great Inspiration for Central European Historians before 1773”

  • Jakub Zouhar, Univerzita Hradec Králové

“Sacred Objects in Narratives of the English Mission, ca. 1580–1688”

  • Aislinn Muller, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“The Forgotten Jesuits: The Historical Memory of the Society Between Minor Archives and New Research Trends”

  • David Salomoni, Università Roma Tre


Race and Memory: Religion, Recordkeeping, and Murder

Chair: Amy Phillips, Woodstock Theological Library

“A Spiritual Inheritance: African American Catholicism in Southern Maryland”

  • Laura Masur, The Catholic University of America

“Slaves, Slaveholding, and Jesuit Recordkeeping in the Maryland Province Archives”

  • Elsa Mendoza, Georgetown University

“‘Regulations for Our Black People’: Jesuit Recordkeeping on Slavery in Antebellum Missouri”

  • Kelly Schmidt, Loyola University Chicago

“A Jesuit Murder in the French Caribbean”

  • Andrew Dial, McGill University


Constructing, Revising, and Archiving Jesuit Rhetoric

Chair: Cinthia Gannett, Fairfield University

“Assembling a Usable Archive of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Jesuit Rhetoric”

  • John Brereton, University of Massachusetts Boston

“A Jesuit Looking Back at a Great Tradition: Giovambattista Noghera (1719–1784) and the Construction of a Story of Jesuit Sacred Rhetoric”

  • Hanne Roer, Københavns Universitet

“François Pomey’s Candidatus Rhetoricae and its Revisions as Documents of the History of Jesuit Rhetorical Education”

  • Manfred Kraus, Universität Tübingen


10:45am – 12:15pm Paper Session D

Contextualizing Private Correspondence and Public Conferences

Chair: Markus Friedrich, Universität Hamburg

“Archived Jesuit Thinking: Correspondences in Gaston Fessard and Kenneth Burke”

  • Steven Mailloux, Loyola Marymount University

“Bernard Lonergan’s Early Correspondences: His Motivations and Early Plans to Update Catholic Education”

  • Cyril Orji, University of Dayton

“Jesuit Identity in the Journals and Correspondence of Patrick F. Healy, S.J.”

  • Alexandria Griffin, Arizona State University


Transforming Everyday Jesuit Sources, Then and Now

Chair: Adrian Vaagenes, Woodstock Theological Library

“The Windows on Early Jesuit Ireland: Recent Editions of Sources for the Irish Mission”

  • Vera Moynes, National Archives of Ireland

“Jesuits Leaving the Classroom: Where and When. The Relevance of Using the Jesuit Catalogues in Understanding Change in the Jesuit Order”

  • Cristóbal Madero, S.J.,  Universidad Alberto Hurtado

“1826: One Year of Jesuit Catalogs”

  • Laura Madella, Università degli Studi di Parma


12:30pm – 1:45pm Lunch


2:00pm – 3:00pm Visit to Burns Library

Catholic Authors’ Room, Burns Library

Viewing of selections from the library’s Jesuitica collection


3:00pm – 4:30pm Plenary Roundtable

Francis Thompson Room, Burns Library

Jesuit Libraries of the Past, Present, and Future

Chair: Seth Meehan, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“The Past and Future of the Woodstock College Library”

  • Leon Hooper, S.J., and Adrian Vaagenes, Woodstock Theological Library

“The Formation of the Jesuitica Collection at Boston College”

  • Christian Dupont, Boston College

“Archiving Jesuit Libraries: Past, Present, and Future”

  • Kyle Roberts, Loyola University Chicago


4:45pm – 6:00pm Reception

Fine Print Room and Irish Room, Burns Library


Evening at leisure


Thursday, June 13

8:00am – 8:45am Breakfast


9:00am – 10:30am Paper Session E

Tracking the Cultural Impacts and Legacies of Jesuit Missions

Chair: Brian Mac Cuarta, S.J., Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu

“Engaging Late-Ming Literati through Western Moral Philosophy: The Literary Legacy of Alfonso Vagnone, S.J., in the Jiangzhou Community Compact”

  • Giulia Falato, University of Oxford

“Constituted through Jesuit Archives: Discovering Education and the Multilingual Student in California during the 19th Century”

  • Maureen Fitzsimmons, University of California, Irvine

“Jesuit Institutional Shift in the 1970s, its Impact on Jesuit Sources and Historiography, and the Future of Jesuit Archives in Francophone Africa and Europe”

  • Barbara Baudry, Archives Jésuites, Province d’Europe Occidentale Francophone, and Jean Luc Enyegue, S.J., Jesuit Historical Institute of Africa


Jesuit Sources in 20th-Century Public Debates: Race, Science, and Nationalism

Chair: Oliver P. Rafferty S.J., Boston College

“Catholicism, Nationalism, and Race in the Spanish Missional Historiography of Constantino Bayle, S.J. (1882–1953)”

  • Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Boston University School of Theology

“Jesuit Science in America (1922–1966): The Bulletin of the American Association of Jesuit Scientists

  • Francisco Malta Romeiras, Universidade de Lisboa

“The Fight for Civil Rights: John LaFarge, S.J., and the Interracial Review

  • Amy Phillips, Woodstock Theological Library


10:45am – 12:15pm Paper Session F

Jesuit Habits of Knowledge in the Early Modern Period

Chair: Cristiano Casalini, Boston College

“Spiritual Accounts: Jesuit Record-Keeping and Early Modern Communication”

  • Paul Nelles,  Carleton University

“Jesuit Bureaucratic Practices and their Place in the Early Modern History of Knowledge”

  • Markus Friedrich, Universität Hamburg

“The voices of memoria: diariahistoriae and annuaria as records of Jesuit experience”

  • Paul Shore, University of Regina


Jesuits’ Textual Communities and Impacts

Chair: Yannick Van Loon, KU Leuven

“Reading the World through Jesuits in Puritan New England: A Study of Edward Taylor’s Commonplace Book of Le Comte”

  • Simon Sun, Harvard University

“Publishing and Spiritual Policies through the Linguistic Work in the Jesuit Mission of South America (16th and 17th Centuries)”

  • Juan Dejo, S.J., Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya

“An Intercultural Circuit of Books between China and Europe Established by the Jesuits in the 17th and 18th Centuries”

  • Nicolas Standaert, S.J., KU Leuven


12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch



2:15pm – 3:45pm Plenary Session

Archival Collections, Old and New

Chair: Casey Beaumier, S.J., Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“Exploring the Apostleship of Prayer Collection at ARSI: Between Archival Analysis and Research Perspectives”

  • Sergio Palagiano, Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu

“A Building for the Past, A Construct for the Future”

  • David Miros, Jesuit Archives and Research Center

“Gregorian Archives Texts Editing (GATE): A Crowdsourced Web Platform for the Edition of Archival Documents”

  • Lorenzo Mancini, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Archivio Storico

“Activating the Archives of the Society in the Benelux: Between Heritage and Research”

  • Kim Christiaens, KADOC-KU Leuven


3:45pm – 4:30pm Coffee and tea



4:30pm – 6:00pm Plenary Session

Archival Sources, Old and New

Chair: Casey Beaumier, S.J., Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

“From Tintype to Twitter: Photography at the Irish Jesuit Archives”

  • Damien Burke, Irish Archives of the Society of Jesus

“New Resources for Research at the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, 2013–2019”

  • Brian Mac Cuarta, S.J., Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu

“The Census Project. Jesuit Documents Kept in Italian National Archives, Libraries and Other Cultural Institutions”

  • Maria Macchi, Archivo Storico, Provincia Euro-Mediterranea della Compagnia di Gesù


6:00pm – 8:00pm Reception/Dinner/Farewell


Friday, June 14

Morning Checkout/Depart