Seminar on Suppression and Restoration of the Society of Jesus held at Patna

The Society of Jesus was suppressed in 1773 and after 41 years, in 1814, Pope Pius VII restored the Society. Therefore, for Jesuits, 2014 is a time of remembrance and delving deep into the meaning of suppression and restoration as they commemorate the 200th anniversary of the restoration. It is indeed a time of grace as well a time for interiorizing the significance of these events in the lives of the Jesuits and the Church as a whole.

As part of the commemoration of the restoration of the Society, the Patna Jesuit province organized a couple of seminars in the province. One such seminar was held at Navjyoti Niketan on 16th November 2014. Fr. Jossie D’Mello, SJ, the national secretary of JIGSA (Association of Jesuits in Ignatian Spirituality), was the resource person. Highlighting the historical perspective of the suppression of the Society, Fr. Jossie, dealt with the political and religious situations that had a bearing on the suppression of the Society. He also brought to the attention of the audience that it was through the grace of God that the Society was restored after 41 years of suppression. The Society continues to be an integral part of the mission of the universal Church.

A large number of religious and priests attended the seminar and thus becoming part of the commemoration celebration. In the afternoon session the Jesuits of Patna province deliberated on how to be a restored Society today, in its true sense, in the Church and the world.