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Video of Jesuit Restoration Lecture Now Online

Did you miss the Library’s lecture on “The 200th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus” during Jesuit Heritage Week? You can now watch it online!

John O’Malley, S.J., gave a fascinating look at this tempestuous time in the history of the Jesuits, from the Suppression by Pope Clement XIV in 1773 to the Restoration in 1814. He discussed some of the proximate and longer-term causes of the Suppression and its impacts still felt today. Of particular interest at Georgetown, the University was actually founded during the Suppression. Learn more about the effect this had on the young University and more by watching Fr. O’Malley’s lecture today!

The lecture also highlighted some of the treasures related to the Suppression that the Library holds in the Special Collections Research Center. These items include broadside copies of the papal briefs suppressing the Jesuits and enforcing that order, the original letter sent to inform Jesuits of the Maryland Province of the Suppression, and a letter by John Carroll rejoicing in the Restoration. These items can also be seen in the video and some are on display in the exhibition “Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus” in the Kerbs Gallery on the third floor of Lauinger Library.