God in all things? The sacramental logics of jesuit material remains

J. Michelle Molina*

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A set of notarial documents from colonial New Spain (Mexico) offers a view of the long-distance Jesuit missionary network as anchored in a dense local network of intimate relationships. Following the arrest of members of the Society of Jesus in 1767 at the Colegio Espíritu Santo in Puebla de los Ángeles, a scribe is tasked with noting Jesuit belong-ings. He records unique objects held in safekeeping for local people in Puebla. Using the lens of a theopolitical anthropology, we see how the idea of a God-present in the Eucharist is central not only to the way that the Spanish Crown was prevented from taking the silver items from the chapel, but also to how these sacramental logics account for the accrual of disparate items in each Jesuit’s room.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-80
Number of pages21
JournalSocial Analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Eucharist
  • Expulsion
  • Jesuits
  • Material networks
  • New Spain
  • Silver
  • Society of Jesus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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