Born Inigo Lopez de Loyola (1491-1556), St. Ignatius developed the Spiritual Exercises, a month-long program of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices. He was the founder and first leader of the Society of Jesus, a Catholic religious order dedicated to service through education and ministries. The Jesuits in New England faced opposition early on, but they were steadfast and earnest in their mission. Boston College – both in the early days and as the University we know today – represents the spirit of St. Ignatius. This Boston College Sesquicentennial exhibit highlights the early champions of the idea of a Jesuit college in Boston, books used in the Boston College 19th century curriculum, Catholic faith-focused student organizations, and the legacy of Boston College Jesuits.
To learn more about the Society of Jesus and the Boston College Sesquicentennial, please consult: