Ex libris: The Rare Book Collection of Jean HeckEx libris: The Rare Book Collection of Jean Heck, Ph.D., Haub School of Business

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collection Rooms (3rd Floor)
John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons

Jean Heck, Ph.D., the Brian Duperreault ’69 Chair for Risk Management and Insurance in the Haub School of Business, is an avid bibliophile and collector of rare books. This exhibit features a number of books from Dr. Heck’s collection. While most of these books are from the early modern period (1500 until the French Revolution [1789]), some are from earlier or later periods. In the former category is an incunabulum of  St. Jerome’s commentary on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (Venice, 1498) and in the latter, a handsome Jesuit atlas of 1900.

The books in this exhibition are divided into four thematic sections. First, there are the sacred texts of Judaism and Islam: a Torah scroll on sheepskin of c. 1500, and the first English translation of the Koran directly from Arabic (1734). Next, are several Christian Bibles:

· the 1579 Louvain edition of the Vulgate (the late 4th-century Latin translation of the Bible prepared by St. Jerome [c. 342-420])

· the 1639 edition of the King James Bible—a seminal work that influenced innumerable writers and thinkers, including Lincoln, Melville, Faulkner, Hemingway, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among many others

· Richard Challoner’s version of the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible, which took as its base text the King James Bible.

The third thematic grouping focuses on key texts of the early modern Catholic renewal and Protestant Reformation. Here is seen a volume of Martin Luther’s complete works (Wittenberg, 1561), the decrees of the Council of Trent (1545-63) and the post-Tridentine edition of the Code of Canon Law, and the 1540 version of the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and the briefer Rules of the Society of Jesus.

The final section is devoted to the history and ministry of the Jesuits:

· its missionary activity (a 16th-century stone glyph from a Jesuit reduction in Peru, a Jesuit atlas that documents—with polychrome maps—Jesuit provinces and missions worldwide, and a volume of late 18th-century letters from Jesuit missionaries in India)

· examples of the primacy Jesuits gave to the “word,” be it written, spoken, or printed (notably, an extremely rare copy of the Italian translation of Pedro de Ribadeneira’s biography of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Venice, 1587), illustrated with an elegantly engraved portrait of the saint, and an edition of St. Robert Bellarmine’s The Eternal Happiness of the Saints (Lyon, 1618) published during the author’s lifetime [1542-1621])

· two examples of anti-Jesuit literature of the kind that eventually led to the Society’s suppression in 1773

Through this exhibition, Dr. Heck wants to share the joy that rare books have given him with his colleagues and the students of Saint Joseph’s University. This exhibit complements the university’s own Jesuitica Collection, maintained in the Special Collections Room and available for study by users of the university library.

An 8-page printed guide is available at the exhibit venue that provides a narrative context for understanding the books exhibited.

The exhibit will be on display through May .

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Joseph F. Chorpenning, O.S.F.S., S.T.L., Ph.D.
Editorial Director
Saint Joseph’s University Press
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19131-1395

E-mail: jchorpen@sju.edu
Tel. 610/660-1214




Friday March 22, 2013
Noon – 1:30pm
Wachterhauser Seminar Room
2nd floor, Post Learning Commons

Take a break and join us for lunch!

April Lindner, Ph.D.
Professor of English




CatherineApril Lindner will read selections from her new book, Catherine.

This will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

A light lunch will be served. Hope to see you there!

Book Discussion – Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories

Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories


October 19, 2012
Wachterhauser Seminar Room,
2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

Please join us as we celebrate the recent release of Dean William Madges’ book, Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories (William Madges and Michael J. Daley, editors).

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first session of Vatican II. In this collection of 50 stories, authors provide their assessment and personal experience of this important event in Catholic history. Authors include Francis Murphy (who, as “Xavier Rynne,” penned an inside account of the Council for The New Yorker), Martin E. Marty, Lisa Sowle Cahill, John O’Malley, Joan Chittister, Gregory Baum,Michael Novak, Basil Pennington, Richard McBrien, Cardinal Avery Dulles, John Dominic Crossan, Joseph Komonchak, Brother Roger of Taizé, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Elizabeth Johnson, David Hollenbach, and many more.

A light lunch will be served.

Please join us for the Book Launch and Discussion of

Chinese CharactersChinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast -Changing Land
featuring Co-editor, Angilee Shah, and Contributors Jay Carter and Megan Shank

Friday, September 21, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wachterhauser  Seminar Room
Post Learning Commons, 2nd floor

A light lunch will be served.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing

“It is refreshingly free of cant and far better-written than most non-fiction about China:
well worth the time and effort,” Peter Gordon, Editor, Asian Review of books

Sunset Park

Join us for a Wine & Cheese Reception for Concha Alborg who will read from her latest novel:.

American in Translation: a Novel in Three Novellas

(About the Book)         (About the Author)

This event will take place on the second floor of Drexel Library
Thursday, October 13th
4:00 to 5:00 PM.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.


Faculty Scholars

Electronic Exhibit

This powerpoint electronic exhibit (in flash format) highlights 2010 scholarship of SJU faculty and includes selected scholarly works across all disciplines. The exhibit showcases journal articles and monographs published in 2010.

If you have difficulty viewing the flash format, the exhibit is available in traditional ppt as well.


  • no more than 2 scholarly works/author are presented
  • a link to the complete Bibiliography (as of 4/07/11) provided by our SJU scholars will be availabe at this site soon.

View our past SJU Scholarship Recognition.