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Mission to a Suffering People: Irish Jesuits 1596 to 1696


Thomas J Morrissey SJ

‘With a broad stroke and a light touch, the author paints a fascinating picture of an unrecognisable Ireland from just a few centuries ago…[an] exceptional story, exceptionally told’.     Intercom

In 16th and 17th century Ireland religion and nationality fused together in a people’s struggle to survive. In that struggle the country’s links with Europe provided a lifeline. Members of religious orders, with their international roots, played an important role. Among them were the Irish Jesuits.

Author Thomas J Morrissey charts the work in a variety of situations, as well as the persecution of the order which at one stage resulted in the then Jesuit superior dying alone in a shepherd’s hut on an island off Galway. This cycle continued throughout the century as the Jesuits and others nerved themselves to face the Penal Laws in the new century.


210 x 140mm