Spirituality and the Saints

Mar 13, 2021
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Fr. Mark RotsaertThe Bollandist Society

This event is co-presented with the Bollandist Society and co-sponsored by America Media, the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC, the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, and the Harvard Catholic Forum.

In this presentation, Fr. Mark Rotsaert will look to sanctity as a gift of the Spirit and reflect on the different ways one can become a saint and the universal call to holiness according to Pope Francis’ exhortation Gaudete et exsultate. Do saints have a specific kind of spirituality? Is sanctity the same as perfection? Are the saints perfect? 


Fr Mark Rotsaert, SJ, is President of the Bollandist Society. He was previously a Senior Fellow in Ignatian Spirituality at Campion Hall, Oxford, and  Director of the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr Rotsaert has served as Superior of the Jesuit community at the Gregorian, President of the Conference of European Provincials, and two nonconsecutive terms as Provincial of the Northern Belgium Province. He was Novice Master from 1978-1986 (Northern Belgium and the Netherlands) and Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Hasselt. Fr Rotsaert has published widely on Ignatian spirituality, producing a Dutch translation of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius as well as the Spiritual Diary. He has written several books on Ignatian Prayer and Ignatian Spiritual Discernment, in addition to diverse articles on these topics.