Jesuit Online Necrology



The Jesuit Online Necrology is an interactive and open-access database exploring the lives of the more than 32,000 men who died as members of the Society of Jesus between 1814 and 1970. The database presents the dates and places that each man was born, entered the Society, and died. Taken as a whole, the corpus of individual information helps to quantify larger trends in the lives of these men who devoted their lives to service as a Jesuit. What was the average age of entry to the Society for a particular province during a particular time period? What year saw the most admissions? What day saw the most admissions?

Using the contents from the Catalogus defunctorum in renata Societate Iesu, this database allows for the searching of the men’s surnames and their places of birth, entry, and death. Users can filter search results through numerous facets — such as places, date ranges, and the grade within the Society at the time of death. In addition, the aggregation of this personal information is expressed through different maps and visualizations. Explanations are available for the conventions used in the original Catalogus as is technical help for exploring the database.

The Jesuit Online Necrology is a collaborative effort among three Jesuit research centers and archives — the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, and the Woodstock Theological Library at Georgetown University. Adrian Vaagenes of Georgetown and Seth Meehan of Boston College serve as the project’s editors.

To search the Jesuit Online Necrology, please visit: https://jesuitonlinenecrology.bc.edu/