New Book Release: Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540-1616: A Reader

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St. Ignatius Loyola

Finding God in All Things

From its 16th century roots, pedagogy has stood at the heart of the Jesuit ethos. Consider briefly the ‘Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola’ (1548) or the origins of the religious order, the Society of Jesus itself formed out of friendships made at the University of Paris.

Both this rudimentary religious group as well as the global Jesuit community today seem to have remained committed to ‘finding God in all things’. Education is vital to the fulfilment of this belief.

The new book, ‘Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540-1616: A Reader’ (edited by Cristiano Casalini and Claude Pavur, S.J.) aims to place itself within this tradition, bringing together a range of sources linking education and the Jesuits. A fragment from the online synopsis reads, Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540-1616: A Reader

“…offers for the first time in English a wide selection of relevant materials that lets us see the development of Jesuit approaches to pedagogy in theory and practice. These help us understand better why Jesuit schools became such important educational institutions in early modernity. This anthology will be both a helpful tool for those researching Jesuit education and a source of inspiration and insight for those directly involved in its practice today.”

Engagement with a critical evaluation of early Jesuit missions by such new research projects may serve to illuminate a path forward for Jesuit teaching and understanding, both for those involved in the community from a purely empirical position and those with academic interests.

Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540–1616: A Reader (edited by Cristiano Casalini and Claude Pavur, S.J.) from Jesuit Sources at Boston College is now available for purchase >>