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Camilla Russell, publications editor at IHSI, has published Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy: Biographical Writing in the Early Global Age with Harvard University Press.


Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy “illuminates the lives of those who joined the Society, building together a religious and cultural presence that remains influential the world over.” Russell’s focus is on the Jesuits of the Italian provinces, tracing their lives often to distant missions, to reveal “new light on the impact and inner workings of the Society” and a community in which “the worldly and divine overlapped.”


An electronic version of Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy is available, with a subscription, at JSTOR:


A citation for Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy appears in the Jesuit Online Bibliography. The Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, where Russell works, is a founding partner in the database, and Russell is among the voluntary contributors to the project.

Institute of Jesuit Sources has published a new history of Boston College, Ever to Excel: A History of Boston College.


Authored by University Historian James O’Toole, Ever to Excel examines how an institution, founded to “educate children of immigrants, has grown into a major academic institution of national and international standing.” The transformation is especially considered through “the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who helped shape Boston College and related changes in curriculum and campus life.”


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Applications are welcome at the second annual Jesuit Heritage Summer School, hosted by the University of Antwerp. This year’s program is entitled: “Jesuit Heritage: Sanctity, Hagiography, Iconography.”


Taking place between September 5 and 9, 2022, the Jesuit Heritage Summer School will focus on the themes of sanctity, hagiography, and iconography. Sessions will examine Ignatius, Xavier and “the founder saints of the Society” as well as the transformation of Western hagiography by the Jesuits through the writings of the Bollandists and the use use of Baroque art by the Society’s iconographic campaigns.


The program is intended for current graduate students (Master’s or doctoral) with interests in Jesuit studies, religious history, art history, and history in general. Applications are due by June 15.


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