Rev. John W. Padberg, S.J., to deliver Jesuit Heritage Lecture March 18

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 2:30pm
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MOBILE, Ala. – John W. Padberg, S.J., an internationally recognized scholar and author, will present the Jesuit Heritage Lecture at Spring Hill College. His lecture, titled “Those Naughty Jesuits: The Suppression and Restoration of the Society of Jesus,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the Gautrelet Room. The year 2014 is the bicentennial anniversary of The Restoration of The Society of Jesus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Padberg is director and editor of the Institute of Jesuit Sources in St. Louis, Mo. The Institute has published more than one hundred books on the history and on the spirituality of the Society of Jesus. From 1975 to 1985, he served as president of Weston Jesuit School of Theology, a national theological center in Cambridge, Mass. While at Weston he served as founding president of the international Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions.

He has lectured extensively on the history of the Society of Jesus and on Jesuit education, including presentations over the years at all 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities. Among his written works are such books as “Colleges in Controversy: The Jesuit Schools in France from Revival to Suppression, 1814-1880” (Harvard University Press) and, with several colleagues, “For Matters of Greater Moment: The First Thirty General Congregations of the Society of Jesus” (The Institute of Jesuit Sources), and more than 75 publications on various topics in the history of the Society of Jesus and on Jesuit higher education.

Padberg entered the Society of Jesus in 1944. He received a Master of Arts in history from Saint Louis University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University, where he specialized in intellectual history and the history of ideas.

Established in 2013, the Jesuit Heritage Lecture is sponsored by the Jesuit Community of Spring Hill College. Each year a prominent Jesuit scholar will be invited to campus to speak on some aspect of Jesuit education, heritage and mission and values. The Jesuit Heritage Lecture now joins the other annual lectures in literature, history, science, philosophy and theology to enrich the intellectual life of the SHC community.

For more information, contact Rev. Michael Williams, S.J., at (251) 380-4641 or