Luis Martin General # 24
General from 1892 to 1906
So, the 24th General Congregation was held in Spain from September 24 until December 5, 1892. The Vicar General, Luis Martin, was elected General on October 2, 1892 at the age of 48. The Congregation also recommended that the General and Curia should return to Rome from Fiesole. In January 1895 this was done and the Curia took up its residence in the German College. Beckx had left Rome 22 years before, but by now the political and religious climate had changed sufficiently to warrant a return.
Martin was a man of great ideas and one of his most outstanding was the writing of the definitive history of the Society from its Ignatian beginnings using all available documents. This project became the famous Monumenta Historica, which at this writing is made up of over 150 thick volumes, written by Jesuits competent in their specific fields. He also encouraged Jesuits of other countries to write the histories of their provinces, which was done at times with such vigor that these Histories now take up much space on the shelves of Jesuit house libraries.
In 1905 cancer was discovered on his right arm. The arm had to be amputated after several attempts, of finding a cure, were unsuccessful.
Eventually, he died on April 18, 1906 at the age of 60 years, and a generalate of 13 years and 6 months. He was interred in the large Jesuit Mausoleum in the Roman cemetery at Campo Verano.