It is remarkable that Wierix was explicitly mentioned in the Dutch translation of the Latin jubilee volume that the Plantin Press published in 1640 for the Flemish Jesuits on the occasion of the first centenary of their order. In the opening lines of his poem on the worldwide oppression of Jesuits—here symbolized in an emblem with a printing press—
Dutch Jesuit poet Adriaen Poirters (1605-1674) wrote:
My press is famous for its finest plates
left to us by Albert Durer or Wierix,
or still cut today by a skilful master:
rarely if ever art has died as time goes by.
The most important body of work by the Wierixes for the Jesuits is the 153 engravings for the influential meditation book by the Spanish Jesuit Jeronimo Nadal, Evangelicae historiae imagines, of which the first edition appeared in 1593 in Antwerp, although negotiations about the involvement of the Wierixes had already started in 1586. It is "the earliest such series of the whole of the New Testament of any size or importance ever produced," according to Church historian Fr. John O'Malley, SJ, and "may represent the Jesuits' greatest and most successful artistic achievement of the 16th century," in the words of art historian Gauvin Alexander Bailey.