Bona Mors Confraternity


(Happy Death) Founded, 1648, in the church of the Gesti, Rome, by Reverend Vincent Caraffa, seventh General of the Society of Jesus. It was raised to an archconfraternity by Benedict XIII who authorized the erection of such confraternities in all Jesuit churches; this privilege was extended to other churches in 1827. Its object is the preparation of members for a happy death by a well regulated life, and particularly through devotion to the Passion of Christ and the sorrows of Mary. The practises of the association, and the indulgences granted may be found in the manual of the confraternity (New York, 1896).

MLA Citation

  • “Bona Mors Confraternity”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 March 2013. Web. 28 September 2021. <>