Anthony deMello, SJ: The Happy Wanderer: A Tribute to My Brother is an accessible and enjoyable biography – and at times, moving to read. Bill deMello (born 1944) has synthesized an impressive amount of information about the life of his internationally famous older brother, Tony (1931-1987), whose works about prayer and spirituality still attract people today. In the course of this book, Bill emerges as an amiable and self-deprecating narrator. Tony emerges as brilliant, full of jokes and stories, and an enormously attractive Jesuit retreat director and speaker. Bill intertwines highlights from his own life inTony’s life included the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) in the Roman Catholic Church, which instructed religious orders such as the Jesuits to study their original charisms and undertake renewal of those charisms. As Bill makes clear, Tony worked in the formation of Jesuit seminarians, directing new Jesuits during their 30-day retreats following the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. Later, Tony worked as a retreat director with other Jesuits who were involved in the formation of Jesuit seminarians. Because his book Sadhana: A Way to God (1978) sold well in English and was widely translated into other languages, Tony was also in demand in numerous countries as a retreat director and speaker.
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