H I S T O R Y

A painstaking,
persistent
and conscientious
research
– a labour of love!

 

 

BOOKS BY HEDWIG LEWIS SJ

 

 

1. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GUJARAT

A Historical Survey: 1934-1973

       514 pages, 2006, INR 225.00  $ 25.00     ISBN:  81-89317-08-3

 

This volume is an interpretation and re-structuring of historical data based on the manuscripts of Fr Carlos Suriá [1900-1991]. It covers two eras of the Catholic Church in Gujarat. First, that of the “Ahmedabad Mission” as an Ecclesiastical Unit under the leadership of Fr Joaquín Vilallonga SJ – 1934-1949. Second, that of the Ahmedabad Diocese under Bishop Edwin Pinto, SJ – 1949-1973.

 

It is a continuation of the previous volume: HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GUJARAT, [Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, Anand, 1990] by Fr Carlos Suriá SJ, which deals with the beginnings of the Gujarat Mission (1891-1934), and provides a backdrop of the Church’s institutional presence in Gujarat from the 14th century on.

 

 

2. SAMOOH YATRA: OUR JOURNEYING TOGETHER

Community History, Gujarat Jesuit Province of The Society of Jesus
Edited by Hedwig Lewis SJ, Joseph Valiamangalam SJ, Daniel Arokiadass SJ
Pages 184, 22 April 2012. [Limited edition. For Private Circulation]
Published by: Jesuit Provincial, Newman Hall, Ahmedabad

A community is built with hearts. These pages trace the beginnings of these communities at various locations in time and space as needs arose in our karmabhoomi – the vineyard. Many factors have contributed towards making these and there is a sense of awe and wonder at the manner in which we have moved from place to place and have developed areas by our presence. Services are rendered at various fronts and we have accompanied people through their journey of life. (Preface)


3. JESUIT MISSION GUJARAT
    History of Beginnings and Community Ministries

 

    Edited by Hedwig Lewis SJ
    Pages 288. 18 August 2014, ISBN: 978-93-80066-99-8
    Published by Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, P. B. 70, ANAND, 388 001 (Gujarat, India)
 

 

The book re-captures the journey of Gujarat Jesuits, past and present, united by a single vision and mission: MAGIS-AMDG! The purpose is to scan the past, pause at significant milestones to look back and ahead, at our pioneers and pioneering, so as “to keep the fire of the original inspiration alive in a way that offers warmth and light to our contemporaries” (GC35.2.1). It contains the historic ventures and present ministries at the Province and community levels. The stories are in black and white, but not so the colourful personalities that spring forth from the pages, or the rainbow of initiatives that span the length and breadth of the our horizons through the ages.

 

 

 4. JESUIT ROOTS AND SHOOTS

    A Guide to Beginnings in the Society of Jesus

    164 pages, 2015, INR 200.00  ISBN:  978-81-972387-71-0

    Published by Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, P. B. 70, ANAND, 388 001 (Gujarat, India) 

 

Jesuit Roots and Shoots is an informative, and inspiring book on the Who’s Who and What’s in relation to the early Society of Jesus. It puts together the historical origins of some of the events and enterprises, the initiatives and endeavours, of the Society of Jesus. For instance, brief biographies of our founding fathers, reflections on the “spiritual landmarks” such as the Holy Cave at Manresa, Cardoner, and La Storta, Jesuit education and social action. Though the topics are seemingly familiar, they contain nuances that can surprise even seasoned Jesuits. The book will familiarize those who share the Ignatian foundations, as well as all friends and associates, with what lies at the roots of the Ignatian/Jesuit character and charism, institutions, ministries, and endeavours.