Our mission today

Saints are inspirational, though some may belong more to the realm of folklore or even invention. For twenty centuries they have been influencing our world, our culture and our thinking in ways few people realise. The early martyrs whose exploits sustained generations of readers, the great mystical writers, pilgrimages and the trade in relics, accounts of prodigious healings and other miracles: the saints have inspired innumerable writers and artists, their very names identify towns and villages all over Europe and America, their patronage still inspires feasts and processions everywhere.

For almost four centuries the Bollandists have been at the forefront of hagiographic research.  Our team of experts, now both Jesuit and lay, is dedicated exclusively to the critical study of Greek, Latin, Oriental and modern hagiographic sources as well as to the history of the saints and their cults in all their aspects.  The laboratory of that research is a unique library specialized in that field.

Research team

Robert Godding SJ

Director of the Society, a historian and a specialist in Latin hagiography mainly from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, and in the hagiography of Italy. He is responsible for the Latin sector of the research and also teaches hagiography at the Gregorian University in Rome.

Marc Lindeijer SJ

Studied history at the University of Nijmegen. He worked for seven years in Rome as assistant to the Postulator General, responsible for the canonization causes of the Jesuits. His main field of research is modern and contemporary holiness.

Xavier Lequeux

Studied Greek, Latin and Oriental philology at Louvain University (Louvain-la-Neuve). His main field of research is Byzantine hagiography and literary exchanges between Orient and Occident.

François De Vriendt

Studied history at the university of Namur and Louvain University (Louvain-la-Neuve) and specialised in medieval studies in the Institut d’Études médiévales. His main field of research is Latin medieval hagiography, especially in the Hainaut region. He is the editor-in-chief of the Bollandist publications.

Bernard Joassart SJ

Studied history at Louvain University (Louvain-la-Neuve). In addition to his research activity, he is the archivist for the Society of Bollandists and teaches Church history at the Institut d’Études Théologiques in Brussels.


Jean-Marie Delanghe, Librarian

Lionel Béranger, Catalographer

Tung To Thanh, Sales department

Irini de Saint Sernin, Development

Scientific Committee

Theofried Baumeister (Mainz)
Sebastian Brock (Oxford)
Paolo Chiesa (Milano)
François Dolbeau (Paris)
Getatchew Haile (Collegeville MN)
Michael Lapidge (Cambridge)
José Carlos Martìn Iglesias (Salamanca)
Jacques Noret (Brussels)
Pádraig Ó Riain (Cork)
Francis J. Thomson (Antwerp)
Ugo Zanetti (Chevetogne)