Your Price: $29.95


Gerald O’Collins, SJ, AC

Paperback, 280 pages

ISBN: 9781922449528


June 2021 Release

During more than thirty years of teaching at the Gregorian University in Rome (1974–2006) and later, Gerald O’Collins, SJ, AC, often wrote to his family and friends. This volume contains over 150 of his letters. These letters blend public news of church and state with vivid details about foreign visitors and new, Italian friends. They enter into a struggle as professor and dean of theology to update the oldest Jesuit university, a West Point of the Catholic Church which continues to train future bishops, cardinals and popes. The letters also vividly describe what O’Collins did during summer vacations—on lecturing tours that took him to every continent.

A leading modern theologian, Fr O’Collins has published 76 books that he has authored or co-authored, including seventeen with Oxford University Press and four with Connor Court: A Midlife Journey (2012), On the Left Bank of the Tiber (2013), From Rome to Royal Park (2015) and Portraits (2019). As well as receiving numerous honorary doctorates and other awards, in 2006 with Nicole Kidman he was created a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia, the highest civil honour granted through the Australian government.

‘This is a gem of a book! In this collection of letters, covering some thirty years in Rome, Gerry’s vibrant faith and warm personality come to life.’
-- Lord Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002

‘Fr Gerry O’Collins’s delightful letters to his family over many decades present a colourful kaleidoscope of insights - personal, ecumenical and theological: here is the indefatigable Jesuit priest at work in Rome and so many other places across the world, not just observing the transformation of the churches in the later 20th century but in such important ways (always genial and compassionate) urging us forward to deeper union
and mutual understanding. There is so much in these archives that restores hope at a time desperately in need of it.’
-- Rev’d Professor Sarah Coakley, FBA, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity Emerita (University of Cambridge), and Professorial Research Fellow (Australian Catholic University).

The collected letters of eminent theologian, Fr Gerald O’Collins SJ, present a wonderfully vivid insight into his life, his teaching and his writing. From Rome to the USA, from England to Australia, his native land, we read of the many extraordinary people he met, the warmth of his wider family life, the depth of his theological insights, his sense of humour and, above all, his remarkable capacity for friendship at every level. This is a gripping collection that makes for enjoyable and inspiring reading.
- Prof Dorothy A. Lee FAHA, Trinity College, University of Divinity

Related Items

Recently Viewed Items