Jesuit College, Messina

Jesuit College, Messina (Italian: Collegio dei gesuiti), with the adjacent church of San Giovanni Battista of the Society of Jesus had been an important building complex in the city of Messina, Sicily, Italy. It was destroyed by the 1908 earthquake.

Jesuit College
Italian: Collegio dei gesuiti
Francesco Sicuro The college of the jesuits.jpg
An etching of the former Jesuit College, Messina
TypeDestroyed college
Activec. 1548–1908 (1908)
FounderSociety of Jesus
Religious affiliation
Catholicism (Jesuits)
Location, ,

Jesuit CollegeEdit

The Jesuits were present in the city since 1548, in charge of Saint Nicholas Church.[1] At the insistence of Juan de Vega, Viceroy of Sicily, Ignatius of Loyola agreed to open a college there, the very first college founded by the Jesuits. Since this gave new direction to the apostolic options of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius added solemnity to its founding, requesting the Pope's blessing for the opening team of ten Jesuits which included one of his earliest companions Jerome Nadal.[citation needed] Early Jesuit library inventories provide an idea of topics studied.[2] [3]

An earthquake in 1908 left the buildings so damaged that they were demolished in 1913. Only the entrance portal with four columns was kept as part of the complex of buildings of the new University of Messina, built on the site of the former college.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sacco, Abate Francesco Sacco (1800). Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Sicily. 1. Palermo: Royal Printing.
  2. ^ Brendan Connolly. "Jesuit Library Beginnings." The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy 30, no. 4 (1960): 243-52.
  3. ^ Brendan Connolly, S.J., "The Roots of Jesuit Librarianship, 1540- 1599" (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Graduate Library School, University of Chicago, 1955).
  4. ^ Guida per la cittá di Messina (in Italian). G. Fiumara. 1841-01-01.