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Jesuits


135 People in sitter grouping:

Dedicated to living life by their motto ad maiorem Dei gloriam - For the greater glory of God, members of the exclusively male Jesuit society, founded in 1521 by Ignatius Loyola, take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, with many working with the poor, as missionaries or in education. Followers of the Roman Catholic faith, the Jesuits have often been regarded with mistrust, particularly in Protestant Elizabethan England, where they were seen as representing a foreign Catholic threat. They would later become entangled in the Gunpowder Plot, and became enemies of the Crown, leading to the Royal Proclamation of 1606 by James VI that banished all Jesuits from the Kingdom. By the late 18th century, the Jesuit order had been suppressed by Rome, feared for its power, however, it would be re-established by Pope Pious VII in 1814, and would continue to grow into the largest male-only religious order.

John Sweet

John Sweet

Jesuit
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Sanctius Teballius

Sanctius Teballius

died 1568
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Anthony Turner

Anthony Turner

1628-1679
Jesuit priest and victim of the Popish Plot
Sitter in 2 portraits
Bernard John Vaughan

Bernard John Vaughan

1847-1922
Jesuit priest and social reformer
Sitter in 12 portraits
Petrus Venustus

Petrus Venustus

died 1564
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alfonsus Viana

Alfonsus Viana

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Walpole

Henry Walpole

1558-1595
English Jesuit Martyr
Sitter in 1 portrait
Walsh

Walsh

active 1678
Jesuit
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Thomas Whitbread (Thomas Harcourt)

Thomas Whitbread (Thomas Harcourt)

circa 1618-1679
Jesuit
Sitter in 8 portraits
Father Woode

Father Woode

Jesuit priest
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Peter Wright

Peter Wright

1603-1651
Jesuit
Sitter in 2 portraits
Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier

1506-1552
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Yonge

John Yonge

1589-1664
Irish Jesuit
Sitter in 2 portraits
Zaureus

Zaureus

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Stephen Zurara

Stephen Zurara

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait

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