A Catechism of the Heart, an Episcopalian’s First Book

By Dr. Benjamin Brenkert

Wipf & Stock Publishers
Posted May 21, 2021

An ex-Jesuit’s memoir about love of self and others in the era of Pope Francis, the Black Lives Matter, #MeToo Movements and Cancel Culture

In A Catechism of the Heart, Dr. Benjamin Brenkert, Ed.D., L.M.S.W., a former Jesuit studying for the priesthood and gay man, shares his story of loving God, leaving a homophobic Church, and finally reconciling his sexuality and his faith. Brenkert introduces Ignatian Spirituality and tools for discernment to Episcopalians unfamiliar with Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

As a kid in a working-class town on Long Island, Benjamin Brenkert’s faith burned brightly and the Church was a welcome shelter from a troubled home. Before he was in his mid-twenties he was on his way to becoming a Jesuit priest—what he believed was his ultimate vocation. The rigors of the order and the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience were snags for some of his counterparts, but for him, there was only one problem: he was a gay man who loved the teachings of Jesus and the mission of the Jesuits, but deplored the bigotry of the Church.

In A CATECHISM OF THE HEART: A JESUIT MISSIONED TO THE LAITY (Resource Publications, July 2020, paperback) Brenkert shares his moving story and calls for sweeping reforms to the Catholic Church.

Book Review here: https://www.wijngaardsinstitute.com/catechism-of-the-heart/