Fr. Blake to Chair Ongoing Study of American Jesuits

Fr. Blake to Chair Ongoing Study of American Jesuits

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Prof. Richard Blake, SJ (Fine Arts), has been named chairman of the Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality, a group of American Jesuits appointed to study the life and work of fellow priests and brothers in the Society of Jesus in the United States.

Prof. Richard Blake, SJ (Fine Arts)
Fr. Blake also will serve as editor of the group's journal, Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits, distributed five times yearly to every Jesuit in America.

With his chairmanship, the operations of the seminar and its journal move next year to BC. Fr. Blake said he hopes their arrival will complement the Jesuit Institute and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality in enhancing the Jesuit identity of Boston College.

Fr. Blake will serve as permanent chairman of the seminar, which has a rotating membership of nine other Jesuits, appointed by their provinces to staggered three-year terms.

He succeeds Rev. John Padberg, SJ, Jesuit historian and director of the Institute of Jesuit Sources at St. Louis University, who served some 12 years in the post.

Calling his predecessor "a tough man to follow," Fr. Blake said he would seek "to continue the work of Fr. Padberg" in maintaining the seminar as "a place for historical and theological studies of Jesuits that will help direct us into the future."

University Vice President for Mission and Ministry Joseph Appleyard, SJ, said, "The seminar will remain a national project of the Jesuits but it will be nice to have it associated with BC. It certainly is a tribute to Dick Blake to be chosen to lead this important work."

Fr. Blake, an award-winning film reviewer for the Jesuit magazine America, is co-director of the Film Studies Program at Boston College. His most recent book is Afterimage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination of Six American Filmmakers.


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