July 25, 2017 — Free, online access to some of the most
foundational scholarly publications and sources about the Society of Jesus is
now available, thanks to a project of the Boston College Institute for Advanced
Jesuit Studies (IAJS).
The Portal to Jesuit
Studies, now live, is meant to serve as a “Jesuit Google,” according to
IAJS Director Fr. Casey Beaumier, SJ, strengthening the institute’s efforts to
serve as a resource on the history, spirituality and pedagogy of the Society.
“As Boston College emerges as the foundation for the
academic discipline of Jesuit Studies, it is crucial that we promote
opportunities for serious research,” he said. “The institute offers
fellowships, symposia, lectures and courses. Under the leadership of Associate
Director Robert Maryks, we have invested … a great deal in the promotion of
open access material.”
Maryks edits resources including the Journal of Jesuit
Studies, the Boston College Jesuit Bibliography and Jesuit Historiography
Online. “Our site’s main contribution is integrating these with the institute’s
other digital initiatives, resulting in The Portal to Jesuit Studies as the
gateway for accessing the growing content we believe researchers will need to
engage this discipline,” explains Fr. Beaumier.
Some of sources the portal provides access to include: The Jesuit Online Library, nearly 100,000
pages of journals and books; essential documents in Jesuit history; presentations
from the annual International Symposium on Jesuit Studies; the Journal of
Jesuit Studies, which includes scholarly articles, interviews and book
reviews; and Jesuit Sources, a compendium of important texts and studies in
Jesuit history, spirituality and pedagogy.
Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of
Canada and the United States, believes that “the promotion of deep and serious
study of the Society’s history, spirituality and pedagogy will magnify its
future mission. The Portal to Jesuit Studies will help to promote this
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