Father Jean Bolland, SJ
Founder of the Bollandists



Bolland on Belgian Scott B319
BELGIUM, 1942, Scott B319

Jean Bolland was a Flemish scholar who undertook an accurate historical investigation and presentation of the lives of the saints, an area which at that time was full of legend, myth and edifying stories. He and the scholars who worked with him and after him, came to be known as the Bollandists. Following the Church calendar they had worked their way down to mid-October by the time of the Suppression. They published their findings in the 53 volumes of the first series. The work resumed after the Restoration of the Society with ever increasing accuracy of method, and it continues still in the buildings of the College of Saint Michel in Etterbeek. More.