Stephen Larigaudelle Dubuisson, S.J. (1786–1864) and the Reform of the American Jesuits

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University Press of America, Oct 24, 2013 - History - 326 pages
Cornelius Michael Buckley, S.J. delves into Stephen Larigaudelle Dubuisson’s life, using him as the point of departure to describe the tensions among Jesuits in Maryland after the restoration of the order in 1814. A refugee of the violent slave rebellions in Haiti, where he was born, and the Terror in France, Dubuisson became a clerk in Napoleon’s personal treasury and a resident in the Tuileries. He was a member of Marie Louise’s flight in 1814 and later differed with Napoleon’s account of the fate of the lost treasury during this momentous event. The following year, giving up a promising career in the Restoration government, he entered the slave-owning Jesuits in Maryland. Ten years later, he was the priest involved in the Mattingly Miracle. After a brief tenure as Georgetown’s fourteenth president, Dubuisson spent three years in Europe advising the Jesuit general how to keep his American troops in step along the Ignatian “long black line.” During this time, he began his career as a fundraiser and propagandist for the American Church and as an unofficial, and sometimes vexing, diplomat of the general in the courts of Europe. After his return, Dubuisson served as a parish priest in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Elected a second time to represent the Maryland Jesuits at a meeting in Rome, he never returned to the United States and eventually became chaplain to the dashing Duke and Duchess de Montmorency Laval. Recognized as “the chief pillar of the Jesuit mission in the United States,” he died in Pau, France, during the height of the American Civil War.

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Chapter One 17861791 A Cauldron of Horrors
Chapter Two 17911812 La Congrégation and the Tuileries
Chapter Three 18121815 Marie Louise to Parma Napoleon to St Helena and Dubuisson to America
Chapter Four 18151817 Maryland the Miseenscène
Chapter Five 18171821 Bleak Times
Chapter Six 18211826 The Mattingly Miracle and the Jesuit Crisis
Chapter Seven 18261830 Rome to the Rescue
Chapter Eight 18301834 The Slave Problem
Chapter Nine 18341835 Northeastern Pennsylvania
Chapter Ten 18351836 Mrs Mattingly The Passepartout
Chapter Eleven 18361838 The Royal Courts of Europe
Chapter Twelve 18381852 Housed with a Duke and Duchess
Chapter Thirteen 18531864 The Priest the Scholar the Writer
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Cornelius Michael Buckley, S.J. graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950, the year he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He received a doctorate from Sorbonne University, Paris, in nineteenth-century French history. A professor emeritus of the University of San Francisco, he is currently chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California.

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