Blueprint's Origins

1947-1953

When the Rev. Louis J. Twomey, S.J., was missioned by his Jesuit superiors to Loyola in October of 1947, one of his objectives was to develop a bridge between the academic intellectual life and appropriate social action in order to implement the social teachings of the Catholic church. Second, Twomey's mandate was to establish an Institute of Social Order for the Jesuits in the southern region of the United States. And so, one year after arriving at Loyola, Twomey began publishing Christ's Blueprint for the South, a monthly social action bulletin "published as an aid to southern Jesuits in applying Christian solutions to the social problem."

Wrote Twomey, "The columns of Blueprint will continue to be used for commentary on the social teachings of the Church and on the application of these teachings to the concrete circumstances of given situations in social and economic life" (Blueprint, September 1953, Vol. VI, No. 1, p. 2). Twomey continued this promise as Blueprint's scope broadened beyond its originally intended audience within the Society of Jesus in the southern United States. Very shortly after its inaugural issue, however, requests for Blueprint started pouring into Twomey's "Central Office" from Jesuits all over the world - to the extent that the circulation grew to beyond 3,000 in 44 countries.