John Edward Crean Jr.
John Crean, born in New York City, grew up in Westchester and Southern Connecticut. Educated on the East Coast, he graduated from Fairfield Prep and Holy Cross College in Worcester, majoring in German, philosophy, and theology. John then received his master’s and doctorate in German at Yale. He taught there, then at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Hawaii, and finally at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. John has published, edited, or co-authored numerous textbooks, scholarly articles, and books.
While teaching in Hawaii, John was also ordained an Episcopal priest. He continued from then on to serve bi-vocationally, holding both ecclesiastical as well as academic positions in Hawaii and Michigan.
Since 1980, John has presented and published on the Rule of Benedict, also serving as a coeditor and board member of Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History. Appointed scholar-in-residence at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, John continued to research and publish on ecclesiastical history.
In 2020, Church Publishing, Inc. brought out his most recent book, Recovering Benedict, a daily devotional, blending the Rule of Benedict with the principles of twelve-step recovery. John currently resides in the Southern California desert where he continues to write and assist at a local parish.
Week by Week Through the Seasons of Life
"Relevant, challenging, and accessible." –Brother Dennis Gibbs, Community of Divine Love
Our lives are busy, much more so than they ought to be. A demanding lifestyle calls for a healthy dose of spiritual refreshment, the kind that can go the distance. That’s where the brief meditations in Week by Week come in. Each reflection presents a topic to chew on, expressed in relatively few words; something to mull over.
Life is rhythmed with spiritual seasons, each providing its own challenges and joys; each calling for its own medicine. Souls, not just bodies, need to be able to adapt, refresh, reboot, and readjust to changing climates. As we move through the seasons of life, may God’s healing power enter to bring us what we need.
This collection of meditations and reflective questions is designed to adjust with your needs for the season you are in. With one meditation per week, this book can be read and enjoyed topically or in the printed order.
"The product of a rare author, someone who is both as deeply grounded in Christian tradition as one can imagine but at the same time has the profound ability to touch others with insights of practical depth." –The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Awards, Reviews, and Coverage
"Crean weaves in wisdom teaching from scripture and does it with the brilliance and humility that one would expect from one who is steeped in monastic charism." –Brother Dennis Gibbs, Community of Divine Love
"Father John Crean is a wonderful spiritual companion—wise, down to earth, a storyteller and a good friend." –Christopher McCauley is a spiritual director, teacher of contemplative spirituality, retreat and international pilgrimage leader.
"Scholarly without being stuffy, there is much to commend this volume to any thinking and intelligent Christian." –The Very Rev. Canon Ian Elliott Davies, Rector, St Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood