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St. Ignatius Loyola and the Remarkable History of the First Jesuits

Narrated by: John W. O'Malley
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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As the Society of Jesus approaches its 500th anniversary, the Jesuits make up the largest unified religious order of men in the Catholic Church. How did these "Soldiers of Christ" grow from their humble beginnings to become an order deeply engaged in ministries, learning, and society in 112 nations on all six inhabited continents?

Whether you are a Jesuit yourself or a person touched by Jesuit education, ministries, and writings, you will love this course. Fr. O'Malley, one of the world's leading Catholic historians, is at his best in these lectures. You will gain a broad, insightful overview of early Jesuit history with a special focus on the first generation of Jesuits, whose piousness has inspired countless men and women to follow in their footsteps.

The society began among the tumults of the 16th century, the dramatic age of the Renaissance and the Reformation. In the midst of this chaotic era, we find the remarkable life and vision of one inimitable man: Ignatius of Loyola. A Spanish Basque aristocrat and wounded ex-soldier, he led fellow students from the University of Paris to win papal approval for their new religious order in 1540. By the time Ignatius died in 1556, his Jesuits were 1,000 members strong and growing. They were all guided by his extraordinary Spiritual Exercises, a book drawn from his own life journey of prayer and reflection in search of God's will and blessing.

Discover the roots of one of the modern world's most influential and vibrant institutions.

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  • AH
  • 09-01-20

Fr O’Malley weaves a masterful tale

Hearing the voice of the master historian as he tells the story of the early Jesuits is a gift for those who have read Fr. O’Malley. For those new to the content, know that you are in the presence of one of the great Jesuit historians of our time. It reminds me of the power of story telling especially the oral traditions passed down through generations. Enjoy this journey with Fr. O’Malley as he reveals his take on the history of the early Jesuits.

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  • Bigcollegebear
  • 07-01-20

interesting content, lack luster delivery

happens all the time, complete expert of subjects gets side tracked by the non essential. wish author had refined subject matter and left being "bold, very bold" for professional

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  • Giosuè0810
  • 17-12-19

A Great Overview

The Jesuits are a complex order, and their history is also complex. John O’Malley walks the listener through the world of the first Jesuits and not just St. Ignatius, the founder of the Order. This is a great lecture to get the basics on the first group of Jesuits, and how they quickly become the most influential order in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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  • Daniel Mulhern
  • 03-12-18

More Jesuits than Ignatius

I am a product and former teacher at Jesuit schools. This was a wonderful and wide-ranging introduction to Jesuit history. Anyone who has been associated with Jesuit schools will be amazed at how the roots of our education or so clearly apparent in the early years. John O'Malley offers her accounting that need not require much background in history of the church. It's quite accessible.
My only problem with the book is the title and cover give so much prominence to Ignatius, but the book really spend so much more time on the early Jesuits. Perhaps Ignatius should be in the subtitle. Given the fact that he wrote something like 6,000 letters of Correspondence, I would have liked to have learned more about him and his particular imprints.
Nevertheless a very good read for people interested in the Jesuit history.

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  • WorldTraveler
  • 25-10-18

Transformative

A wonderful overview of Ignatius Loyola and the foundation upon which to build a Christ-centered and transformative life of service to our Lord and others.

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  • Dan Davis
  • 03-09-18

The Jesuits

The Jesuits have influenced my life through St Louis University High. These lectures were enjoyable and educational.