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The Bread of the Strong: Lacouturisme and the Folly of the Cross, 1910-1985

Jack Downey


This study investigates the origins, development, and influence of a controversial retreat movement which emerged as a self-consciously countercultural response to the socio-religious revival in early twentieth-century Québec. The movement's founder and namesake, Onésime Lacouture, S.J., developed a redaction of the Ignatian Exercises that was heavily informed by his mystical experiences and ascetic theology. The retreat was wildly attractive to some, while others saw it as overly severe, possibly heretical. The retreat endured Lacouture's personal suppression, and migrated southward to the Un ... More

Keywords: retreat movement, Québec, Onésime Lacouture, Ignatian Exercises, extremism, martyrdom, Christian persecution, John Hugo, Dorothy Day, Catholic activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823265435
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Downey, author
La Salle University