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Jesuit History: A Timeline of Milestones
1491 - Ignatius Loyola is born in the Basque region of northeastern Spain
1521 - While Ignatius is defending Pamplona, cannon fire shatters his right knee
1522 - Ignatius stays in the town of Manresa while struggling with his relationship with himself and God; this experience forms the basis of his Spiritual Exercises.
1528 - Ignatius begins schooling at the University of Paris where he meets Francis Xavier, Pierre Favre and other early companions.
1537 - Ignatius and companions are ordained
1540 - Pope Paul III gives Ignatius and companions official approval to found the Society of Jesus
1541 - Ignatius is elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus
1548 - The first lay Jesuit college opens in Messina, Sicily
1556 - Ignatius dies in Rome; 34 Jesuit schools have been founded
1773 - The Society is suppressed by order of Pope Clement XIV
1789 - Georgetown University is founded, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States.
1814 - The suppression is ended by Pope Pius VII with the Papal bull "Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum."
1954 - Wheeling Jesuit University is founded, the youngest of the Jesuit universities in the United States
1965 - Pedro Arrupe is elected the 28th Superior General of the Society
1975 - General Congregation 32 declares that the hallmark of any work deserving the name Jesuit is its "service of faith" of which the "promotion of justice" is an absolute requirement.
1983 - Peter-Hans Kolvenbach is elected the 29th Superior General of the Society, which now returns to its own governance.
1996 - The Cristo Rey model of college-preparatory education for inner-city youth is inaugurated with the founding of Cristo Rey High School in Chicago
2006 - This Jesuit Jubilee year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Ignatius and the 500th anniversary of the births of his companions Francis Xavier and Pierre Favre.
2008 - Adolfo Nicolás is elected the 30th Superior General of the Society
2013 - Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the 266th pope, the first from the Society of Jesus, and takes the name "Francis."
Jesuits, Famous and Not-so-famous.
In his excellent book Ignatian Humanism, historical theologian Ron Modras devotes five chapters to the lives of five Jesuits who, he believes, exemplify the Ignatian humanism he has described in earlier chapters. No claim is made that the biographical mini-essays scattered through this A-Z section of our jesuitresource.org website are illustrative of Jesuit spirituality to the same degree. But taken as a group, these 70-some bios surely add up to more than just a bunch of individual pieces. See what you think. Look for the mini-biographies of the following men and woman under their individual names:
Anchieta, Jose de
Barry, William A.
Buckley, Michael J.
De Mello, Anthony
De Smet, Peter
Farrell, Walter L.
Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Ignatius of Loyola
Martini, Carlo Maria
Murray, John Courtney
O'Malley, John W.
Padberg, John W.
Segundo, Juan Luis
Spee von Langenfeld, Frederick
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre