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Welcome to Studies

Welcome to this newly re-launched website of Studies, now in its 104th year. Studies is a publication of the Irish Jesuits, which has appeared without a break since spring 1912, when Ireland and the world were very different places. Throughout the past hundred years we have sought to examine a wide range of Irish issues, social, political, cultural, and economic, in the light of Christian values, and to explore the Irish dimension in literature, history, philosophy and religion. This continues to be our purpose in the twenty-first century.

A brief survey of topics taken up in recent issues may give a sense of the wide range of our interests and concerns: ‘What would happen if the EU broke up?’ (Spring 2013); ‘Asylum seekers in our Republic: why have we gone wrong?’ (Summer 2013); ‘The heart of a Jesuit Pope: Francis in dialogue’ (Autumn 2013); ‘Revisiting the Murphy Report’ (Winter 2013); ‘Changing Ireland’ (Spring 2014); ‘Imagined community: Irish identities’ (Summer 2014); ‘Religious freedom in the 21st century’ (Autumn 2014); ‘The Jesuits in Ireland before and after the Suppression’ (Winter 2014).

The Autumn 2015 issue focused on Pope Francis and the Synod on the Family which contains Reflections on the Forthcoming Synod by Breda O'Brien. Desmond Fennell questions Can the Neo-Liberal Regime Endure? while Conall Gibbons reviews Caroline O' Nolans social portrait on the Irish District court. This special Winter Arts edition examines the arts and Jesuit influence in the era of catholic reform including essays from Simone Mancini on Caravaggio’s Technique. Gauvin Alexander Bailey discusses The Iconography of Jesuit Saints as well as many more...

On this website you will find further information about past issues and how to subscribe to the journal. There is also information for prospective contributors. Contact can be made with us through the website address. We warmly welcome your comments and your continuing interest in Studies



IN a recent Irish Times article (9 January), Professor Diarmaid Ferriter quoted extensively from Fr Francis Shaw’s article published in Studies in 1972: The Canon of Irish History: A Challenge. We reproduce the article here as a pdf which may be downloaded with our compliments. Please credit Studies Irish Review as the source if reproducing the article. We would also appreciate mention of our web address:

Read online: The Canon of Irish History: A Challenge by Francis Shaw

Editorial Winter 2015

In 2014 the Society of Jesus observed the 200th anniversary of its restoration, after almost worldwide suppression lasting a generation from 1773–1814. To mark the anniversary the Irish Jesuits sponsored a historical conference, ‘Under the Influence’, in association with the Irish Catholic Historical Society, held in Belvedere College in September 2014, and an art exhibition, entitled ‘Passion and Persuasion: Images of Baroque Saints’, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, in the Gallery itself, along with a series of lectures and a conference on related topics.

Last winter Studies published the papers delivered in Belvedere. This unusual issue of Studies presents papers from the National Gallery conference. Apart from the wish to preserve the proceedings of such an important and valuable event, the decision to devote a whole issue to the conference also reflects the special prominence given by a number of the speakers to the work of Caravaggio and, in particular, his The Taking of Christ. There is a particular suitability in making a link between Studies and a conference so strongly focused in this way. As is well known, the famous painting, for long unrecognised for what it was, was originally presented to Fr Thomas Finlay, one of the founding fathers, if not in effect the founding father, of Studies, and, until given on indefinite loan to the National Gallery, hung for many decades in the Jesuit residence in Leeson St, from which Studies has been published for more than a hundred years. 

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