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St Ignatius recognized the importance of letter writing. In the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, written in 1558, Ignatius was particularly concerned to ensure that those dispersed members of the Society sent to all parts of the world retained a sense of belonging and union. Ignatius issued detailed instructions on the frequency and subject matter of letters to ensure that individual Jesuits remained in contact with their local superiors, that superiors stayed in contact with provincials and, in turn, that provincials stayed in contact with Fr General. As well as prescribing the frequency of letters, Ignatius expected a certain standard of letter writing and he is said to have returned letters which were unfinished, incoherent, or simply written in poor Latin.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 39
Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)
1536-06-18Lettre de st ignace a therese rejadell: (Venise, 18 Juin 1536)Ignace
1554-03-15Writing Home: The Case of Brother Adorno (1554) (No. 4277 : VI 474-475 : Spanish); Fr Diego Mirón (by commission) in Portugal 15 March 1554 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1553-06-28The Last Call to Francis Xavier (No. 3505: V 748-157 : Spanish): Fr. Francis Xavier in Japan 28 June 1553 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1554-06-21The Complexity of Daily Administration (No. 4549 : VII 735-738 : Spanish): Fr Jerome Nadall (by commission) in Spain 21 June 1554 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1555-01-20Suggestion for a Mission in Ethiopia (No. 2 in Appendix: VIII 680-690 : Spanish): Fr Juan Nunez, Patriarch 20 February 1555 from Rome of Ethiopia in LisbonIgnatius, of Loyola
1549-09-24Spreading God's Word in a German University (App.1, No. 18 : XII 239-247 : Latin): Companions Setting out to Germany 24 September 1549 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1555-07-18Saving a Companion from Slavery (No. 5544 : IX 336-338 : Spanish): Fr Jeronimo Domenech' (by commission) in Sicily 18 July 1555 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1546-12Refusing Episcopal Dignities (No. 149 : I 450-453 : Spanish): Ferdinand I, King of the Romans in Vienna (?) (December ?) 1546 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1549-07On Prophecies and Revelations (Appendix 6, No.3: XII 632-652 : Spanish): Francis Borgia, S.J., Duke of Gandia in Gandia July (?) 1549 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1551-02Normal Life of a Superior (No. 7566 : 11/ 309-377 : Spanish): Fr Andres de Oviedo (by commission) in Tivoli early February 1551 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1547-05-07Ideals for Newcomers (No. 769 : I 495-570 : Spanish): Students [of the Society of Jesus] in Coimbra 7 May 1547 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1551-02-21Consoling a Sister on her Brothers's Death (No.7 587: 11/ 326-327: Spanish): Isabel de Vega' in Sicily 21 February 1551 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1553-02-01Agreeing to be Royal Confessors (No. 3220: IV 625-628 : Spanish): Fr Diego Mironl in Lisbon 1 February 1553 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1553-12-24Administration in India (No. 4072 : VI 89-92 : Spanish): Fr Gaspar Barzaeus (by commission) in Goa 24 December 1553 from RomeIgnatius, of Loyola
1546-05To His Companions in Europe: From Amboina, May to, 1546 (EX 1318-335; FX III 131-140)Xavier, Francis
1542-09-20To Father Ignatius of Loyola, in Rome: From Goa, September 20, 1542 (EX I 139-143; FX II 276-278)Xavier, Francis
1552-10-25To Father Gaspar Barzaeus, in Goa: From Sancian, October 25, 1552 (EX II 503-505; FX N 630.632)Xavier, Francis
1552-04-06First Instruction for Father Barzaeus, on Temporal Administration: From Goa, between April 6 and 14, 1552 (EX 1393-399; FX IV 534-536)Xavier, Francis
1549-01-20To Father Simão Rodrigues, in Portugal: From Cochin, January 20, 1549 (EX II 35-44; FX III 587-589)Xavier, Francis
1544-09-11To Francisco Mansilhas, in Punicale: From Manapar, September 11, 1544 (EX I 234-235; FX II 454-455)Xavier, Francis
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 39
As the Society expanded rapidly with more members, houses and provinces, so the web of correspondence became ever more complicated. Some of Ignatius’ early instructions, particularly regarding the frequency of letters, had to be adjusted. Despite these changes, the Jesuit predilection for letter writing was firmly established.