AbstractsPhilosophy & Theology

Lifestyles of the Poor and Celibate

by Sarah Elizabeth-Rose Hanna

Institution: University of Regina
Year: 2014
Record ID: 2029156
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10294/5450


Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, an organization of Catholic priests and Brothers. Through their roles as ritual, political, and educational leaders in the Catholic Church, Jesuits in English-speaking Canada participated in building up and maintaining a Catholic moral cosmos. But together with the non-Jesuits with whom they worked closely, Jesuits were also engaged in deliberate, intensive moral work on themselves, often explicitly attending to freedom, sincerity, and the personal appropriation of a range of dispositions and ideas deemed to be properly ???Jesuit.??? Morality, understood here as the socially laid axes along which persons evaluate themselves and the world, is shown to be a vital ethnographic focus for a deeper understanding of the kinds of persons Jesuits understood themselves to be.