By John T. McGreevy

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Jesuits appeared fated for oblivion. Dissolved as a spiritual order in 1773 through one pope, they have been restored in 1814 through one other, yet with in basic terms 600 elderly participants. but a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand males and have been on the forefront of the Catholic Church's enlargement around the globe. within the usa particularly, foreign-born Jesuits outfitted universities and faculties, aided Catholic immigrants, and served as missionaries. This ebook lines this nineteenth-century resurgence, displaying how Jesuits nurtured a Catholic modernity via a disciplined counterculture of parishes, colleges, and associations.

Drawing on archival fabrics from 3 continents, American Jesuits and the World tracks Jesuits who left Europe for the US and Jesuits who left the U.S. for missionary ventures around the Pacific. every one bankruptcy tells the tale of a revealing or debatable occasion, together with the tarring and feathering of an exiled Swiss Jesuit in Maine, the efforts of French Jesuits in Louisiana to acquire Vatican approval of a incredible therapeutic, and the academic efforts of yank Jesuits in Manila. those tales position the Jesuits on the heart of the global conflict among Catholics and liberal nationalists, and display how the Jesuits not just revived their very own order yet made glossy Catholicism extra global.

The result's an incredible contribution to trendy international heritage and a useful exam of the that means of non secular liberty in a pluralistic age.

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