A Jesuit Tale

A Jesuit Tale When a Jesuit priest is taken captive by a Guatemalan death squad two friends from the past rush to his aid A Jesuit Tale begins in when three young men from different walks of life meet in the

  • Title: A Jesuit Tale
  • Author: John F. Shekleton
  • ISBN: 9781582441030
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a Jesuit priest is taken captive by a Guatemalan death squad, two friends from the past rush to his aid A Jesuit Tale begins in 1968 when three young men from different walks of life meet in the Jesuit novitiate in St Paul, Minnesota Mark is the son of a wealthy man who is seeking a worthy alternative to his father s professional ambitions Tom is a fiery idealistWhen a Jesuit priest is taken captive by a Guatemalan death squad, two friends from the past rush to his aid A Jesuit Tale begins in 1968 when three young men from different walks of life meet in the Jesuit novitiate in St Paul, Minnesota Mark is the son of a wealthy man who is seeking a worthy alternative to his father s professional ambitions Tom is a fiery idealist and David is an intelligent young man unsure of his place in the scheme of things As each man struggles with the uncompromising demands of their vows, they find common ground in a shared spiritual vocation and a wish to affect positive change in the world Ultimately, only Tom will remain in the order, though he too will face a crisis of faith when he falls in love with an enigmatic woman Though Mark, Tom and David follow separate paths, their unassailable bond of friendship will continue to be a mutual source of strength and solace We follow the lives of each man in their continued search for fulfillment But it is Tom s journey to Guatemala during a volatile period of civil unrest that will set the stage for their greatest test of faith and loyalty John Shekleton examines the modern Catholic soul in a provocative novel of friendship, sexual exploration and mysticism Written with intelligence and grace, he illuminates the arcane power of the Jesuit order and gives insight into the extraordinary men who feel its pull A Jesuit Tale is an absorbing, complex tale rich in suspense and human drama.ABOUT THE AUTHOR John F Shekleton attended Georgetown University before entering the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus and receiving his BA in Philosophy and History from St Louis University He has taught school, led a student missionary group in Guatemala and interned at the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights advocacy organization After leaving the Jesuits, he began his career as a systems analyst and freelance writer His articles on religion, computer software and gay issues have appeared in numerous publications A Jesuit Tale is his first novel.

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    • Lynn says:

      In the opening pages, we meet Tom, David and Mark, three young men who have discerned a call to the Jesuit priesthood. I almost stopped after I read about 1/3 of this novel, as it seemed to portray Jesuits-in-training as falling prey to all kind of sins, especially sins of the flesh of one kind or another. All manner of sin including what, in the 1960's was considered depravity. David and Mark wrestle with their respective vocations, and, after several years, leave the seminary. Tom, alone, rema [...]

    • John says:

      Story of three young men following a calling.

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