March 12, 2014 — A little more than two years ago, The Jesuit Post, a popular website started by Jesuits in formation, was little more than an idea. This week, The Jesuit Post editors released their first book. Can a movie deal be far behind?
The book features 20 new essays from contributors to The Jesuit Post website, as well as reprints of a few of the most popular essays on the site, curated by The Jesuit Post’s founding editor Jesuit Father Patrick Gilger.
The site’s contributors — young Jesuits in formation — aim to reach their peers and converse about religion in a highly secularized age.
“We didn’t think that anyone was talking to their peer group about religion on a level that would resonate with them,” said editor-in-chief Eric Sundrup. “We wanted to speak as one friend speaks to another” about religion in a highly secularized age.
Sundrup, along with Fr. Gilger and Jesuit Sam Sawyer, came up with the idea to create The Jesuit Post site two years ago. The three Jesuits rounded up a staff of similarly-minded young Jesuit contributors and were off and running, with the help of Jesuit Father James Martin, editor at large at America Magazine.
Fr. Martin, who released his own book titled “Jesus: A Pilgrimage” on March 11, wrote a foreword for The Jesuit Post’s book. The book covers a vast range of subjects and styles, reflecting the contributors’ varied backgrounds and experiences as Jesuits.
Topics range “from a look at medicine, prayer, and poetry to the hidden spiritual benefits brought to us by, um, crazy people on the Internet; from why Catholic teaching on economics might be particularly relevant after a financial collapse, to why the Jesuit superior general’s discussion of the ‘globalization of superficiality’ might actually overlook what is ‘deep’ in pop culture,” wrote Fr. Martin.
Fittingly, given it’s the pope’s one-year anniversary, Fr. Gilger references Pope Francis in his acknowledgements. “Although TJP began fifteen months before the first Jesuit pope took office, his pre-conclave intervention serves as a mission statement for us as well,” wrote Fr. Gilger. “It is the desire ... to be attentive to a God who is already at work in our world in many and confusing places, that gave birth to and sustains The Jesuit Post.”
For more information, click here to read about the book on The Jesuit Post website.