Black Robes and Buckskin
A Selection from the Jesuit Relations
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Several years ago, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fordham University, Father Joseph McShane, S.J., president of the university, suggested to the Board of Directors of Fordham University Press that a special selection...
In Spiritu Sanctu: Inculturation and the Aboriginal Relations
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In the late sixteenth century, the essayist and political functionary Michel de Montaigne wrote an essay about a French exploration party to the New World, and the people they encountered. The essay, entitled...
Cura Personalis: Recognizing Christ in the Other
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The very first document published in the compilation of the Jesuit Relations was written by Marc Lescarbot, a lawyer, poet, and historian from Paris who some historians have identified as a French Protestant, or Huguenot. Lescarbot...
Imago Dei: ‘‘Finding God in all Things’’
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Lescarbot’s claims that the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity was underway belied the reality that very little missionary work seemed to occur in Acadia during the time when de Poutrincourt and the Calvinist or Calvinist sympathizer...
‘‘We [Engage Them] In Devout Conversations’’
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At the request of Samuel de Champlain, who wanted to pacify the native tribes through conversion to Christianity for the purposes of colonial expansion and commercial activity, King Louis XIII sent the Recollets, a very strict branch...
‘‘The World is our Church’’
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Father Paul Le Jeune wrote the following two letters in 1636 to report back to Old France on what was going on in New France. When Father Le Jeune first arrived in Quebec, he was greeted with great joy and relief by Madame Hebert, widow...
‘‘Friends in the Lord’’
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Women played a small but crucial role in the Relations. During the foundational days of the order, such powerful women as Vittoria Colonna gave succor, shelter, and financial support to Ignatius’s earliest followers, Fathers Jay and Rodrigues...
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam: To the Greater Glory of God
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Father Jogues, born in Orleans, France, in 1607, was about thirty-five years old when he came to the New World. He had been well educated in France, and was shy and introverted by nature. He was also very devout. When he heard...
Familiariter: The Theological Sense of Daily Life
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In late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, the devil was a well-known presence, and witches were feared and discerned everywhere. When the Jesuits came to the New World, they found this cosmogony replicated...
Spiritu, Corde: Practice, Heart, Soul, and Worship
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By 1642, the Jesuits had four residences (at Quebec, Notre-Dame des Anges, St. Joseph, and Trois-Rivie`res) and were administering the sacraments on a regular, daily basis to the natives in the area. However, despite this success...
Conclusion: Inculturation Assessed
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In conclusion, the historian Francis Parkman’s assessment of the grand project of the Jesuit Fathers in French Canada may yet be—some decades after Parkman’s monumental study, France and England in North America—the most fitting...
Appendix: Cathedrals of Ice: Translating the Jesuit Vocabulary of Conversion
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The Jesuit Relations is an important document not only for historical reasons, but also because of the complex vocabulary, both theological and literary (to date unexamined in an interdisciplinary way) through which the work...
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2010