The Toronto Jesuit History Research Group is pleased to invite you to "The Samurai and the Cross," a talk by M. Antoni J. Ucerler, SJ, Director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History (Boston College).
Abstract: "After the arrival of Francis Xavier in 1549, a new era of Christian encounters with Japan began. Xavier's successors found themselves, however, in the midst of "Warring States", where samurai warlords were vying with each other for dominance. Despite these difficulties, the Jesuits soon established both schools and a college to train European and Japanese missionaries and began printing books. After the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1603, persecution and martyrdom followed for more than
250 years. This presentation will highlight some of the major events that marked this turbulent history, including the unique story of Hidden Christians and their legacy up to the present time."
Please RSVP online even if you plan to attend in person.