"I believe strongly in my heart in the power of God and the power of creation ... They are much stronger that the powers of death."
Society of Jesus
When the news of the final suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773 reached young Fr. John Carroll in Belgium, he was crushed.
Jesuits in the U.S. had to face that these executions had been carried out by a military force that enjoyed the full support of their own government.
The sheets came off and there in death were the priests I had known in life. What I was seeing was inevitable, I thought, given what I knew of the men.
Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, superior of the Jesuits, has named Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, outgoing president of the U.S. Jesuit Conference, to be the next director of Jesuit Refugee Service.
The JRS international office in Rome announced the appointment Tuesday. Smolich will succeed German Jesuit Fr. Peter Balleis.
Religion is less a code of doctrines and teachings than a sensitivity to the "dimensions of transcendence" that underlie the human experience, the head of the Jesuit order said.
Analysis: Pope Francis' longstanding identity as a Jesuit priest is an all-encompassing personal and professional definition that shapes almost everything he does.