Scorsese to Release Film on Jesuits Later this Year

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Shuduio Endo’s novel Silence tells the story of Jesuits journeying to Japan to find their missionary mentor who is rumored to have apostatized.

This year will see blockbuster movies starring spies, rebels and super heroes but only one will feature Jesuits as protagonists.

The upcoming film Silence is Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shuduio Endo’s book of the same name. Taking place in Japan during the 17th century it details the journey of two Jesuit missionaries to find their old Jesuit mentor who will be played by Liam Neeson.

Neeson is no stranger to the Society. In addition to narrating a documentary about the real life Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier and playing a Jesuit in the film The Mission, his son is a senior at Fordham Prep.

Click here to read the full article about the film and Hollywood’s fascination with the Society.

Jesuit Father John O’Malley’s New Book Looks at Jesuit History from Ignatius to Francis

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In addition to writing books about the Jesuits, Fr. John O’Malley, SJ, teaches theology at Georgetown University.

By Doris Yu

October 31, 2014 — It’s not easy to condense the entire 473-year history of the Jesuits into a single volume, but that’s exactly what Jesuit Father John W. O’Malley does in his latest book. “The Jesuits: A History From Ignatius to the Present” covers the fascinating story of the Society of Jesus from its 1540 founding to the present day.

“This is the bird’s-eye view. It will give you the panorama of Jesuit history,” says Fr. O’Malley, a professor of theology at Georgetown University. “I wanted it to be an easy read. It’s a book that you can read in two or three evenings.”

Targeted to the general public and those who may not know much about the Jesuits, Fr. O’Malley’s book was released on Oct. 16 and has already been translated into French, Spanish and Italian, with versions in Slovak, Hungarian, Portuguese and Polish in the works. Continue reading

The History of the New York Province: Chapter 2

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 12.51.53 PMContinuing this week, In Our Company will feature the second downloadable chapter from A Brief History of the New York Province, written by Fr. Arthur Bender, SJ.

Chapter 2 delves into the creation of the New York Province as well the founding of many of its schools.

Please visit In Our Company next week to read the next two chapters of the province history. Chapter 3 is titled Province Leadership in the First Decades and Chapter 4 is titled A New Century and New Ventures.

Click here to read Chapter 2: The New York (aka Maryland-New York) Province is Born

Click here to read last week’s chapter: The New York-Canada Mission

 

The Week that Opened Forever, a New Book by Fr. William O’Malley, SJ

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The Week that Opened Forever, the newest book from Fr. William O’Malley, SJ.

Fr. William O’Malley, SJ, has release a new book entitled The Week that Opened Forever, in which he presents a dramatic retelling of the Passion of Christ along with questions and meditations for the reader. To do this, Fr. O’Malley starts with an overview of Jesus’s years of ministry and then goes into Jesus’ last days. Instead of taking a removed look at Jesus’ death and resurrection, Fr. O’Malley uses Ignatian contemplation to set the stage for the reader’s journey with Christ.

Fr. O’Malley is currently a professor of religion at Seattle University. He has written numerous award-winning books on spirituality such as Holiness, Help My Disbelief, and Connecting with God.

Loyola Press to Release Pope Francis’ Book

met pope bookPope Francis has quickly gained praise for his informal and down to earth way of communicating to the world, from off-the-cuff interviews with reporters to homilies for hundreds of people.

Now for the first time, an English translation of Pope Francis’ essays, speeches and homilies is being published by Chicago-based Jesuit publisher Loyola Press. The publisher is known for such bestsellers as Chris Lowney’s Heroic Leadership and Fr. James Martin’s, SJ, My Life with the Saints.

Entitled, The Church of Mercy, the work presents an English-speaking audience with the Pope’s views on solidarity with the poor and his mission to combat the idolatry of power and money. All written in his own informal style, it is intended for both believers and non-believers.

“For us as a small, Jesuit-owned publishing company, to publish a book by Pope Francis in the English language market was a no-brainer,” Joe Durepos, the executive editor of trade acquisitions at Loyola Press, told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s everything we’re about as we move into the 21st century. The mandate I got was: ‘Get the book.’”

The book will be available for pre-order starting March 13, the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election.

On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering

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Pauline Books and Media has published an anniversary edition of Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letterOn the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering. This is the 30th anniversary of the pope’s letter which addresses the question of why God allows for suffering in the world.

This edition features the complete text of the letter along with commentary by New England Province Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ.  Fr. Sheehan’s commentary includes points for reflection, prayer and action that can be used  by individuals or in study groups. The book is available online.

Proceeds of book to support Jesuits

Source: Manila Standard Today

The Philippine Jesuit Aid Association (PJAA) is banking on donations a new book on the Jesuit mission in Mindanao to help with the care of infirm Jesuits and the formation of future members of the Society of Jesus.

“The funds will go a long way to serve our fellow Jesuits who gave their all in mission and would still do so were not for their illness and old age,” said Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J.

2013_sept12_life8Father Schneider, PJAAI executive director, explained that the donations for the coffee table book “Jesuits in Mindanao, The Mission” goes directly to the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus through the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association, which serves as the development office of the Province.

The book, which shows on its cover a white-cassocked priest riding a carabao, chronicles the life and joys of Jesuit missionaries among the people in Mindanao.

The 300-page book also honors Jesuits present and past, the schools they built, and the people whose lives and thoughts they were able to influence. The book feature, Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan, the Ateneo de Davao and the Ateneo de Zamboanga. Continue reading