Jesús Ángel Miguel García
Director, The Spanish Institute and research fellow, St. Paul's College
"I'm delving into The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, the account of the Jesuit Fathers in New France (present-day Eastern Canada and the U.S.) in the 17th and 18th century. It describes the life, feats and exploits of these extraordinary, inspiring Catholic priests from France, who gave up everything for the sake of others and for the greater glory of God. They believed in human dignity, freedom and respect for the aboriginals. They lived among them, taught them, learned their languages, accepted their ways, compiled ethnosocial studies and wrote the only dictionaries of their languages. It should be compulsory reading in schools."