Jesuit Dates to Remember

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April 2, 1568: At Rome, the entrance of Blessed Rodolf Acquaviva, aged 17, into the noviceship of San Andrea, where St. Stanislaus was then a novice.


April 3, 1776: Fr. Joseph, Pignatelli was expelled from Spain along with all orther Jesuits there and at age 30 began his career of holding together a suppressed Society. At age 57, he once again saw the Society permitted to accept novices but he did not live to see its Restoration in 1814.


April 4, 1873: In Mexico a law to expel the Society was proposed in Parliament.


April 5, 1737: The canonization of St. John Francis Regis by Pope Clement XII.


April 7, 1541: On his 35th birthday, Francis Xavier embarked from the quay of the Tagus

River known as the Place of Tears to go to India with two other  Jesuits. The voyage took them 13 months.


April 9, 1913: Pope St. Pius X spoke his praises of the Apostleship of Prayer. It counted 25 million members. The periodical The Messanger of the Sacred Heart appears in 42 editions in more than 20 languages.


April 10, 1955: The death of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, paleontologist and theologian.


April 11, 1632: At Lima, Peru, Fr. Ruiz de Montaya died. A Portuguese, he was called the Apostle of Paraguay, for he converted thousands.


April 12, 1573: At Rome, the opening of the Third General Congregation during which Everard Mercurian was elected General.


April 13, 1981: The death of Godofredo Alingal, who shot and killed in his rectory in Kibawe, Philippines, for defending the rights of poor farmers.


April 14, 1792: The death of Maximilian Hell at Vienna. He was an astronomer who directed the royal observatory for 36 years.


April 15, 1778: Empress Catherine the Great requested the Holy See that the Jesuits in White Russia (the only ones in the  world, all others having been suppressed ) might have a novitiate. She received the answer that the local bishop should do as he thought best.


April 18, 1527: Ignatius was imprisoned for the first time, in Alcala, Spain, where he was studying and conversing with people on spiritual topics.


April 19, 1541: On the advice of his confessor, Fra Teodosio da Lodi, a Franciscan, Ignatius accepted the second election which had selected him to be the first superior general of the Society of Jesus.


April 20, 1586: The first Ratio Studiorum was issued under Father General Claude Aquaviva.


April 21, 1665: At Bordeaux the death of Fr. John Joseph Surin, who entered the Society at the age of 15. He was a man of great sanctity and venerated after death as a saint. For 20 years he was cruelly tormented by evil spirits, after exorcising certain Religious in a convent at Loudon.


April 24, 1774: Christopher de Beaumont, Archbishop of Parish, wrote to Pope Clement XIV, regretting the Brief of Suppression.


April 27, 1859: At Florence, acting under pressure from the Freemasons, the Society of Jesus is banished.


April 29, 1568: St. Pius V, by his Brief  “Innumerabiles Fructus”, confirms the Constitutions of Paul II and Julius III regarding the  government of colleges, the appointment of rectors by the General, etc.


April 30, 1595: The death of Abraham George, the first of  eight Jesuit martyrs in Ethiopia.