Breaking out from a World Frozen in Time

Raymond A. Schroth and S. J.

in Bob Drinan

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233045
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240456 | DOI:
Breaking out from a World Frozen in Time

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This chapter begins with a description of Father Drinan's life in Shadowbrook as a novice. In the 20th century up through to the time of the Vatican Council II in the early 1960s, the formation strategy, very strictly during the novitiate and slightly modified through philosophy and theology, was to isolate the young Jesuits from worldly distractions. Only in this way could they focus rigidly on developing spiritual discipline and the ability to meditate fruitfully and to live simply, free of the material paraphernalia of books, magazines, records, radios, favorite sweaters, hobbies, sports heroes, family, and friends that clutter the mind. The chapter then details his further studies and his experiences after his ordination on June 20, 1953.

Keywords: Father Robert Drinan; Jesuit priests; Shadowbrook; novice; studies; meditate

Chapter.  9481 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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