Prolific author and educator Fr. Jerome J. Neyrey, SJ, has released a new book on the vocation to religious life as a Jesuit brother.
Indispensable Companions: Jesuits Brothers of the South from Colonial Times to the Present is a review of Jesuit brothers who have dedicated their lives to service, in a role often misunderstood or overlooked.
Father Jerome H. Neyrey, SJ, compiled this 124-page book as a tribute to the essential work of nearly 350 Jesuit brothers in the American South from 1700 to the present. It is a companion to an earlier book, Southern Jesuit Biographies. When he completed Biographies, Fr. Neyrey said, “I was primed to go further. We need something like Southern Jesuit Biographies to identify and present the brothers. Hence, I was committed to writing Indispensable Companions.”
In addition to brief but thorough biographies of about 150 brothers, the book contains photographs, portraits and artwork created by Jesuit brothers. These men served in the southern part of what is now the USA Central and Southern Province, including Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Paperback copies are available at cost through Amazon for $9.95.
Father Neyrey is a renowned scholar and the author of more than a dozen books, primarily on scripture. He earned his Ph.D. in Scripture from Yale and taught at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. And at the University of Notre Dame. He also served as retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks in Grand Coteau, La. He is now a writer in residence and pastoral minister in St. Louis.