Jesuits Portrayed through the Beauty of Photographs in New Book
June 15, 2017 — “Emmaus: The Nature of the Way” is a new fine-art
coffee table photography book with unusual subjects: Jesuits. The project,
which was two years in the making, began when creator and director, Chris Yates,
realized that his Jesuit teachers and friends were often misunderstood.
By photographing 22 of the Jesuits that live at Loyola
Marymount University in Los Angeles, Yates and photographer Robert Macaisa set
out to portray these men exactly how they are: human. Through the contrast of
formal and informal photographs, the book aims to break down some of the
misconceptions and barriers that society has placed on priests. For instance, in
one photo, Fr. Thomas Rausch, SJ, is shown enjoying a beautiful sunny day on
Yates’ faith has always been a prominent cornerstone in his
life, but attending Loyola Marymount University was the first time Yates
understood that his passion for his faith and creativity could go hand in
Macaisa, a professional portrait photographer and filmmaker,
graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2014 with a bachelor’s in film and
television production; Yates received a bachelor’s in screenwriting from LMU.
Reflecting on his time spent at LMU, Yates recalled being
forever changed by simple moments with the Jesuits in and outside of the
classroom. One quote he thinks about often, from Fr. William Fulco, SJ, is “Love
transcends a relationship from a puzzle to a mystery. With a puzzle, you
eventually hit a wall but with a mystery, that wall opens up into infinity.”
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During Yates’ time at LMU, he felt fortunate to have Jesuit
professors and mentors, but most importantly friends. He was saddened that many
students on campus would graduate without ever meeting a single Jesuit — his
inspiration for the book.
Yates describes his book as “not simply two covers with some
photographs, or someone’s diary, but rather, a spiritual exercise, walking with
these men in solidarity as each one of us strives to understand The Nature
of the Way.”
Father John P. McBride, SJ, veteran of the 75th Infantry Division during WW II who saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and helped in the liberation of France before becoming a teacher, pastor, and chaplain throughout the Northwest, entered into God’s peace October 20.
This fall, the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program will mark a decade highlighting the mission of Jesuit education through basketball with two Jesuit Basketball Classics, played by four men’s and women’s teams.
Father Lawrence Bernard Murphy, SJ, longtime teacher at Loyola High School and parish priest at St. Brendan’s Church, Los Angeles, entered into God’s peace October 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.
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