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Summoning the Powers Beyond
Jay Dobbin with Francis X. Hezel, SJ

What was island religion like before the coming of Christianity?  Drawing on all the sources available, this book reconstructs the old religions of re-modern Micronesia. It offers a chapter on the religious beliefs and practices of each part of Micronesia, emphasizing what is unique to that particular island group and what is shared with other places. The summary provides an overview of elements of religion that are found throughout the entire region.

Summoning the Powers Beyond: Traditional Religions in Micronesia
Jay Dobbin with Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: UH Press. 286pp2011 Religion

The Catholic Church in Micronesia
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A simply told story of the founding and growth of the Catholic Church in each island group, with lists of missionary personnel, local clergy, and parish churches appended. This book was prepared for the centennial of the church in each island group.

The Catholic Church in Micronesia: Historical Essays on the Catholic Church in the Caroline-Marshall Islands
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Micronesian Seminar: 2003.2003 History Religion

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Weighs whether Christianity in the Pacific has contributed to or diminished violence in the islands.  

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific. (In Desiderio Parrilla, La Violencia del Amor.  Madrid: Lectio, 2012)  Weighs whether Christianity in the Pacific has contributed to or diminished violence in the islands.  

2011 History Religion

Religion in the Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A brief review of the main features of religious practice and belief in the Marshalls from traditional to modern times.

Unpublished.2011 Religion

A Life at the Edge of the World, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

American Jesuits in Micronesia and their mission as seen by one Jesuit.

Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter.2009 Religion

Christianity in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

A brief history of the integration of Christian churches into island cultures, highlighting the changes on both in the course of this process.

Introducing World Christianity Edited by Charles Farhadian, London: Blackwell Press, 2010.2008 Religion

Integration of Catholicism into Guam and its People, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Brief look at the assimilation of Spanish Catholicism and Chamorro culture.

Unpublished.
2005 Religion

Stepping Stones to Somewhere Else, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Brief description of the social and political context of the church’s work in the islands.

Unpublished. 20012001 Religion

German Catholic Missions in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

German Capuchins in the Carolines and Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in the Marshalls and their contributions.

Edited by Hermann Hiery, Handbuch der deutschen Sudsee, Paderborn, Munchen: Die Deutsche Bibliothek, 2001: 558-603. 2001 Religion

Micronesian Seminar: 25 Years, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Description of MicSem, its mission, and its accomplishments.

Unpublished. 1996. 1999 Religion

Congeries of Spirits, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Essay on the pre-christian religions in Micronesia.

Introductory essay in Micronesian Religion and Lore: A Guide to Sources, 1526-1990, Edited by Douglas Haynes and William Wuerch, Westport, Connectincut: Greenwood Press, 1995: 1-11. 1995 Religion

The Church in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Historical sketch of the Jesuit mission through the 20th century.

America 18 February 1995: 23-24.1995 Religion

When the Wind Blows, the Islands will Rock, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A critical look at the new religious movements in the Pacific.

An Essay in Response to Manfred Ernst Winds of Change." (Suva: PCC, 1994). Unpublished. 29 August 1994 1994 Religion

Serving the Poor in Micronesia: One Approach , by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The church’s mission of working with the poor sometimes involves public education.

Unpublished. 23 December 1987 1987 Religion

Historical Sketch of the Caroline-Marshall Mission of the New York Province, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Brief history of the Jesuit mission in Micronesia from the end of World War II.

Jesuits Yearbook 1986, Rome: Socio Grafica Romana, 1985: 52-55. 1986 Religion

Jesuit Martyrs in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Account of the deaths of the 20 Jesuits who were killed in the course of their missionary work in the islands.

Unpublished. 1983.1983 Religion

Indigenization as a Missionary Goal in the Caroline-Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Traces the route to inculturation for Protestant and Catholic churches.

Mission, Church, and Sect in Oceania, Edited by James Boutilier, et. al., Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1978: 251-273. 1978 Religion

Spanish Capuchins in the Carolines, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A history of mission efforts by the Spanish Capuchins from 1885 to the end of the 19th century.

Micronesian Reporter, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1971: 32-40; No. 3, 1971: 36-42. 1971 Religion

Self-support of Programs and Institutions of the Catholic Church, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Self-support by local people of their church may increase their self-esteem.

Unpublished. 1971

1971 Religion

Catholic Missions in the Carolines and Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A historical and bibliographic survey of the Catholic missions in Micronesia.

Journal of Pacific History, 5 (1970), 213-227. 1970 Religion

Path to Heaven, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Personal reflection on how the church and its mission has changed during a lifetime.

February 2010 (MC #80)  Religion

The Church in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

A brief history of the integration of Christian churches into island cultures, highlighting the changes on both in the course of this process.

May 2008 (MC #72)  History   Religion

Spiritual Abuse, by Major Scott Nicloy

A clergyman reports on how church leaders can take advantage of their flock.

February 2006 (MC #60)  Religion   Social Issues

Population Pressure and The Church's Response

Does rapid population growth in Chuuk warrant a serious attempt to limit family size?

1989-04-08  Religion   Social Issues

Faith, Culture and Democracy in Truk

Discussion of the fit between democracy and traditional authority in Chuuk, and how the church can help mediate.

1988-04-30  Cultural   Government   Religion

When Spirits Roamed

Spirits were once everywhere, as this documentary on the traditional religions of the islands shows, but even after the arrival of Christianity they haven’t entirely disappeared.

2012 (60 mins) Island Topics #73   Cultural   Religion

Youth Today: How Can We Help?

A documentary on youth groups around Micronesia, church-run and civic, and how they try to impact on the lives of young Micronesians.

1999 (30:00 mins) Island Topics #20   Religion   Social Issues

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