On Wednesday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m., we will be hosting a book lauch for 3 new publications by Dr. John Meehan, SJ, Dr. Martin Beech and Dr. Sami Helewa, SJ. 

Hear the authors speak about their works, answer questions and enjoy coffee with us. 

Conscience of a Nation: Jesuits in English Canada, 1842-2013 Edited by Jacques Monet, SJ, Joseph Gavin, SJ and John Meehan, SJ

The third and final volume of the definitive history series on the Jesuits in English Canada, Conscience of a Nation explores the Jesuits’ contribution to Canadian ethics and morality. The volume contributors, well-known Jesuit scholars, offer a fascinating survey of the Jesuit spirituality and formation, as well as the society’s work with ecology, education and foreign missions. Together with the previous two volumes, Conscience of a Nation is a must-have resource for scholars and friends of the Jesuits.

The Pillars of Creation: Giant Molecular Clouds, Star Formation, and Cosmic Recycling By Martin Beech

This book explores the mechanics of star formation, the process by which matter pulls together and creates new structures. Written for science enthusiasts, the author presents an accessible explanation of how stars are born from the interstellar medium and giant molecular clouds. Stars produce the chemicals that lead to life, and it is they that have enabled the conditions for planets to form and life to emerge.

Models of Leadership in the Adab Narratives of Joseph, David and Solomon: Lament for the Sacred By Sami Helewa, SJ

Sami Helewa’s book opens anew the Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ (Tales of the Prophets) in terms of the leadership of ancient prophets in a Muslim context of friendship and enmity in the narrative detail of the prophets Joseph, David, and Solomon. Although the Qiṣaṣ genre is not court-based, advice literature, these tales could function as advisory literature through the legendary-prophetic figures. It is hardly surprising that the prophets of ancient times have been moral prototypes for the Judo-Islamic search for religio-political leaders. However, the themes of leadership, friendship, and enmity are embedded in these tales in the writing of great Medieval-Muslims like al-Ṭabarī of Baghdād and al-Thaʿlabī of Nīshāpūr, who were great scholars (ʿulamāʾ) and men of literature (ʾudabāʾ). Like the religious side of these tales, Helewa maintains that the adab side of the Qiṣaṣ has equal importance of meaning to the struggle of ancient prophets in their friendships and hostilities. These tales, as astutely compiled from Baghdād and Nīshāpūr, mirror interesting cultural nuances of expected leadership inherent in these great cities of learning. This book will be a great value for those interested in the Sīra genre, the overall Qiṣaṣ genre, the inheritance of prophets, the adab of religious writing, the advice literature, and the history of Baghdād and Nīshāpūr.


For more information or to arrange an interview with one of the authors, contact:

SJ Kotylak, Director, Communications & Marketing

SJ.Kotylak@uregina.ca or 306-359-1244