For a man who never thought he would be a priest and is still more surprised than anyone that he’s a Jesuit, the Rev. Patrick “Paddy” Gilger, S.J., an associate pastor at St. John’s parish and a Creighton professor, just edited and published a book on having relevant conversation about religion.
“The Jesuit Post,” is a collection of 30 essays on everything from baseball and social media to cultural and political issues all written from an Ignatian perspective. The essays were written by contributors of an online magazine with the same name, The Jesuit Post (TJP).
“St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder and father of the Society of Jesus, believed that God could be found in all things at all times, which led him to write letters connecting people and religion. The intentions behind book and online magazine are grounded in the same idea; they’re written with a personable sense of humor and humility in the hopes that readers will think about God and the Church a little differently, a little more deeply and a little more often,” said Fr. Gilger.
Publishers Weekly wrote, “St. Ignatius would be proud!”
Gilger and two close friends, Sam Sawyer, S.J., and Eric Sundrup, S.J. founded TJP in 2012.
Gilger is a member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. He graduated from Creighton University in 2002 with a degree in philosophy. He also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkley. He joined the Society of Jesus in 2013 when he was ordained.
“The Jesuit Post” is published by Orbis Books, the publishing arm of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and a leader in religious publications.