A four-year project researching the founding and the first years of the Ruusbroec Society (completed recently) showed up an important issue, i.e. the considerable impact of a so far undefined aspect of Jesuit spirituality on nationalist as well as general political thought in Flanders during the first half of the 20th century, within as well as outside the Jesuit community. This project will pay attention to:
° the influence of spirituality within this s.j.-province on the nationalist thought of the Flemish members of the Order
° the practical influence of Jesuit spirituality on Flemish society.