Walter Ciszek, S.J.
April 2001--Memorial Library announces the opening of the Walter Ciszek, S.J., Catholic Spirituality Collection. Received as a gift from
the Marquette University Student Council of the Knights of Columbus, the wide-ranging collection of books and videos includes Catholic devotional literature,
meditations, prayer books, catechisms, lives of the saints, apologetics, conversion stories, and works on vocation.
The new collection is funded in part by a generous donation by the William R. Burleigh (Jour '57) family of Union, Kentucky. It is named for Father Walter Ciszek, S.J. (1904-1984), a Jesuit priest who endured twenty-four years of imprisonment and exile in the former Soviet Union. Father Ciszek's books, With God in Russia (1964) and He Leadeth Me (1973), exemplify a serious and practical spirituality. "I was put to work doing outdoor construction in the extreme arctic cold", he wrote, "but I trusted in God, never felt abandoned or without hope and survived." In 1963 he was repatriated to the United States and died in 1984.
The Marquette student Knights Council (#6883) has created a standing committee to select and fund the purchase of library materials on a continuing basis. Questions about the collection or suggestions for additions to the collection may be directed to the following:
Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections
Marquette University Libraries
Marquette University Student Council of the Knights of Columbus