|About the Book|
Soon after leaving the Society of Jesus, Bob Holstein became the focal point for a group of men, mostly former Jesuits but some still in the Society, who came primarily from the California and Oregon Provinces. They gathered periodically to enjoy each others company, and to commiserate and support each other, offering healing to one other in their struggles to adapt to life after the Society-moving on in their lives as companions on a shared journey. The stories in this book distill meaningful moments in some of those journeys. These are their attempts to capture the key moments, inside or outside the Society, which made them who they are today. Their stories capture in myriad ways what was happening in the church and in the wider world in the latter part of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Each story, unique in itself, has universal ramifications not merely for these men, but, hopefully, for everyone who lived through or wants to understand a critical epoch of the Catholic Church and the world it inhabits. Reading these stories of transitions in the lives of a particular, quite specific group of human beings can shed light on what it means for anyone to be human-changing, growing, searching.