Mystic with Open Eyes: new Arrupe biography

Pedro Arrupe SJ
Pedro Arrupe SJ

This man may be declared a saint - the cause for the beatification of Pedro Arrupe SJ was launched in Rome on 5th February 2019. Yet few people outside religious life are aware of this extraordinary individual, who was a prisoner of Imperial Japan, a first responder when the atom bomb fell on Hiroshima, a pioneer of Catholic social justice and founder of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Best-selling author and Irish Jesuit Brian Grogan SJ has written Pedro Arrupe SJ: Mystic With Open Eyes. With a foreword by Peter McVerry SJ, this booklet is a succinct account of Arrupe's life, 1907-1991, and highlights his dynamic influence on the Church of today as it labours to build a civilisation of justice and love.

Pedro Arrupe was twenty-eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Fired by the spirit of Vatican II, he spearheaded the renewal of the Jesuits, refocusing the resources and works of the congregation on the mission of justice in the world. Now that the process for his beatification is underway, he is sure to become known across the Catholic world and beyond.

Book coverThis booklet is one of few published accounts of Arrupe's life and works. It provides a very readable introduction to a modest man who brought about remarkable change, reforming the Jesuit charism and recasting Ignatian spirituality for our times.

In it Brian Grogan recounts the significant biographical details of Fr Arrupe’s life including his witnessing of a miracle cure in Lourdes which was the catalyst for him joining the Jesuits in 1927. But Brian does issue a caveat to the reader. “It is important from the outset to emphasise what made him [Fr Arrupe] tick, lest we get lost in his struggles and achievements and miss the ‘secret scripture’ of his long life.”

Pedro Arrupe SJ -Mystic with Open Eyes by Brian Grogan SJ is published in Ireland and the UK by Messenger Publications.

Priced at €4.95/£4.50

Read about the cause for the canonisation of Fr Arrupe