Give, fight, toil and labour Premium19 June 2014 | by Norman Tanner
Over the next two years the worldwide head of the Society of Jesus, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, will be preparing to step down. As this weekend Heythrop College marks the 400th anniversary of its foundation by the English Jesuits in Louvain, a historian looks at recent trends in the society and surveys the future There have been joys and trials for Fr Adolfo Nicolás during his time as Superior General. The decline in the overall number of Jesuits has continued but there has been new blood from the developing world and these indigenous Jesuits are giving a new self-confidence to the order as well as adventurous innovation. To glimpse what the future may hold, it may help to survey what has happened in the past 50 years. The upbeat mood at the start of this period is captured well by
Register for free articles a month or subscribe now from £53* for 6 months unlimited access to article content.
Subscribe now and enjoy access to all parts of the tablet website, Including its 175 year archive...
Delivered to you each week
Read online / download on your iPad, iPhone, computer or Android device
For institutions: read online / download on your iPad, iPhone, computer or Android device. Email email@example.com for more information
Most Read Articles
Setting themselves apartPremium
Manage my subcription hereManage
Sign up for our newsletterSign Up