Pays to advertise, they say, so . . .

. . . I splurged in this week’s Wed. Journal and sister newspapers.

It’s nicely done. Page 67 of the OP&RF Wed. Journal is where you find it.

Here is its deathless prose:

Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968
is about growing up Catholic in Oak Park,
entering the Jesuits at 18, leaving at 36,
and pre-Vatican II church life.
Available at the Book Table in Oak Park
and online at Amazon and

The back-cover copy in part:

Jim Bowman’s vivid account of his eighteen years in the
Society of Jesus during the 1950s and 1960s is also a picture of
the American Jesuits in transition.Readers who lament what
happened to the Jesuits will find Bowman’s memoir moving
and ultimately sad. In the end, he found his way as writer,
journalist, and family man; the Jesuits, God love them, remain
in transit to a destination yet unknown.

Russell Shaw, contributing editor, Our Sunday Visitor; author of 21 books, including The Gibbons Legacy: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of the Catholic Church in the United States, due out in the spring from Ignatius Press; former spokesman for U.S. bishops.
I couldn’t stop reading. Spent a whole afternoon and then some
racing thru it, putting aside another writing deadline. Loved
reading about some Chicagoans I have known and admired,
including Jack Egan and Frank Bonnike.

Robert Blair Kaiser, veteran newsman and ex-Jesuit who covered
Vatican Council II for Time Magazine; author of 15 books, including
A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the
Future (Knopf, 2006).

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