Date of issue: 27.05.2022
Author: Robert Žvokelj
Motive: Ignatian Year
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheets of 16 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: 35.30 x 48.28 mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONVERSION OF ST IGNATIUS
The Jesuits have contributed a great deal to the development of the Slovene language and Slovene culture in general. Their most important contribution to the people of Slovenia was the development of secondary and higher education (the first example of higher education open to all), in the shape of the Jesuit College in Ljubljana, which operated from 1597 until 1773. The College educated the majority of scientists and humanists of the age, alongside the local nobility, and thus created a Slovene intellectual elite. It is also worth highlighting the social aspect, since Jesuit education was free for students and thus also accessible to the poor. Costs were covered by income from land donated to the Jesuits and by gifts from sponsors.
In terms of their contribution to the development of the Slovene language, or rather its standardisation, the names of two “Ljubljana” Jesuits stand out in particular: Fr Johannes Tschandek published Slovene lectionaries, which widely promoted written Slovene, while Fr Johannes Ludwig Schӧnleben was notable for his grammatical and literary work.
The Jesuits were also active in practical engineering fields, as shown, for example, by the construction of the Ljubljana canal, which was planned and overseen by Fr Gabriel Gruber.
The Society of Jesus was suppressed in 1773 but the Jesuits returned to Ljubljana in the late nineteenth century, settling at St Joseph’s in the Poljane district, where they still reside today.
Fr Marjan Kokalj