Item #87 William J. Byron, S.J.; A Biographical Essay. S. J. Patrick Samway.

William J. Byron, S.J.; A Biographical Essay

Price: $30.00

Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780916101046
Book ID: 87


139 pp. / 18 color and b/w photographs / index / 6 x 9 inches

The subject of this biography is the storied life and career of William J. Byron, S.J., who is currently University Professor Emeritus of Business and Society at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. A graduate of St. Joseph's Prep and Saint Joseph's University, Father Byron served in the U.S. Army and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Germany, before entering the Society of Jesus in 1950. Ordained to the priesthood in 1961, he received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1967.

There followed a series of significant academic, administrative, and religious posts, including associate professor and rector of the Jesuit community at Woodstock College, New York (1969-73); chairman of the board of directors of Bread for the World (1973-84); dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of economics, Loyola University, New Orleans (1973-75); president of the University of Scranton (1975-82); member of the board of directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (1975-82); member of the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (1978-84); member of the board of directors of Blue Shield of Pennsylvania (1979-82); president of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (1982-92); member of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (1988-91); sabbatical at Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown (1992-93); professor at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (1993-2000) and, at the same time, the rector of the Jesuit community and director of the Center of Advanced Study of Ethics at Georgetown (1994-2000). Father Byron then served as pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Washington, D.C. (2000-03); chairman of the board of directors of Georgetown University Hospital (2000-07); interim president of Loyola University, New Orleans (2003-04); professor of economics at Loyola College, Baltimore (2004-06); and president of Saint Joseph's Preparatory School (2006-2008).

Over the years, Father Byron has lectured extensively, even abroad as he mentions in Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Lay Colleagues and Friends—in Indonesia (Summer 1995) and in Australia (July 1997). Now retired, Father Byron continues to lecture, write, and publish on a variety of topics, from contemporary movements within the Church to ideas concerning value-centered business curricula. Admired for his discerning intelligence, sense of commitment, and the Ignatian practice of cura personalis, Father Byron embodies the highest qualities expected of a Jesuit educator and priest.


The Early Years

Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia (1941-1945)

The War Years (1945-1946)

Saint Joseph's College (1947-1950)

Jesuit Novitiate and Juniorate (1950-1953)

Philosophy at Saint Louis University (1953-1956)

Regency at Scranton Preparatory School (1956-1958)

Theology at Woodstock College, Maryland /

Tertianship at Auriesville, New York (1958-1963)

Graduate Studies, University of Maryland (1963-1967)

Loyola College, Baltimore (1967-1969)

Woodstock College, New York (1969-1973)

Dean, Loyola University, New Orleans (1973-1975)

President, University of Scranton (1975-1982)

President, The Catholic University of America (1982-1992)

Sabbatical at Holy Trinity Church (1992-1993)

Georgetown University: Professor (1993-2000) /

Rector of the Jesuit Community and Director for the Center of Advanced Study of Ethics (1994-2000)

Holy Trinity Parish, Washington, D.C. (2000-2003)

Interim President, Loyola University, New Orleans (2003-


Professor, Loyola College, Baltimore (2004-2006)

President, Saint Joseph's Preparatory School (2006-2008)

University Professor, Saint Joseph's University (2008 & )



About the Author

Patrick Samway, S.J., is Professor Emeritus of English, Saint Joseph's University, Philadlephia

“Jesuit author, Patrick Samway, himself a well-regarded author of several biographies, calls this an essay, because more than a full study of Father Byron, it is a series of brief chapters about a fellow Jesuit whom he discovered right there in their shared faculty residence. […] This handsome volume, including photographs, is a presentation of that treasure discovered near at hand. The twenty-one chapters are very brief and more like a roadmap for a tour guide, capturing high points in Byron’s life. […] I am glad to have read the book and recommend it to scholars as well as to interested and casual readers. This handsome volume is an insight into an era of the church that continues.”

                                                                                John P. McNamee, American Catholic Studies


“In this ‘biographical essay,’ Patrick Samway, S.J., chronicles the life of William J. Byron, S.J., currently professor emeritus of business and society at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, in twenty-one short chapters, all but one of five to six pages. The image of the man that emerges is that of a faith-filled, capable and loyal Jesuit, fully committed to the mission of the Society of Jesus, and ready to do whatever he can, or is asked to do, to further that mission.”

                                                                                Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Journal of Jesuit Studies

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