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Sean A. Smith Ph.D.


Sean Smith uses the former Jesuit college in Evora, Portugal, as a case study in the transfer of Jesuit institutions to the Congregation’s direction. He examines whether the Congregation enjoyed the same patronage as the Jesuits, how the transition between the Jesuits and the Congregation was made, and whether “the Lazarists’ succession filled the educational and missionary gaps left by the Society of Jesus in Evora.” He traces the history of each community in Portugal and places it within the context of the communities’ changing fortunes throughout Europe. He concludes that, in Portugal at least, the transfer of power from the Jesuits to the Lazarists was neither triumphal for the Congregation nor part of an organized plan. However, the Lazarists met Evora’s needs well.