The Survival of the Jesuits in the Low Countries, 1773-1850
Edited by Leo Kenis and Marc Lindeijer
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How the Jesuits re-emerged after forty years of suppression
In 1773, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus. For the 823 Jesuits living in the Low Countries, it meant the end of their institutional religious life. In the Austrian Netherlands, the Jesuits were put under strict surveillance, but in the Dutch Republic they were able to continue their missionary work. It is this regional contrast and the opportunities it offered for the Order to survive that make the Low Countries an exceptional and interesting case in Jesuit history.
Just as in White Russia, former Jesuits and new Jesuits in the Low Countries prepared for the restoration of the Order, with the help of other religious, priests, and lay benefactors. In 1814, eight days before the restoration of the Society by Pope Pius VII, the novitiate near Ghent opened with eleven candidates from all over the United Netherlands. Barely twenty years later, the Order in the Low Countries – by then counting one hundred members – formed an independent Belgian Province. A separate Dutch Province followed in 1850. Obviously, the reestablishment, with new churches and new colleges, carried a heavy survival burden: in the face of their old enemies and the black legends they revived, the Jesuits had to retrieve their true identity, which had been suppressed for forty years.
Contributors: Peter van Dael, SJ (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
& Pontifical Gregorian University Rome), Pierre Antoine Fabre (École des
hautes études en sciences sociales Paris), Joep van Gennip (Tilburg School of
Catholic Theology), Michel Hermans, SJ (University of Namur), Marek Inglot, SJ
(Pontifical Gregorian University Rome), Frank Judo (lawyer Brussels), Leo Kenis
(KU Leuven) Marc Lindeijer, SJ (Bollandist Society Brussels), Jo Luyten
(KADOC-KU Leuven), Kristien Suenens (KADOC-KU Leuven), Vincent Verbrugge (historian)
This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).
The Quick Downfall and Slow Rise of the Jesuit Order in the Low Countries
The ‘Suppressions’ of the Society of Jesus in the Gallo-Belgian Province
“Contulit hos virtus, expulit invidia”
The Fate of the Jesuits of the Gallo-Belgian Province after 1773
The Jesuits of the Low Countries and the Society of Jesus in Russia
Restoration in One Country?
The Post-Concordatory Vicissitudes of Joannes Vrindts (1781-1862)
Pierre-Antoine Malou-Riga (1753-1827)
“Aptus ad gubernandum”
‘Jesuits’ as Promoters of Female Religious Congregations in Belgium (c. 1800-1870)
“A great swarm of nocturnal raptors shrieking horribly”
Jesuit Churches in the Netherlands in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
Jesuits in the Low Countries from the Modern to the Contemporary Era
Format: Edited volume - ebook
Publication: December 18, 2019
Marc Lindeijer,SJ is member of the Bollandist Society in Brussels. Before that, he worked in Rome for the causes of the saints of the Society of Jesus. He publishes on modern sanctity and on church history, with a focus on the Jesuits.
Michel Dutrieue, Stretto – Magazine voor kunst, geschiedenis en muziek, Maart 2020