- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Davies (Robert) Publishing,Canada (Jun. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1895854377
- ISBN-13: 978-1895854374
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,176,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Jesuit and the Dragon: A Canadian Life in the Eastern Himalayas Paperback – 1 Jun 1995
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This is the story of a hero revered in a faraway land, but unknown in his home country of Canada. After suffering the indignity of being kicked out of his mission post in Darjeeling, Father Bill Mackey became a true hero, a living legend in the mystical kingdom of Bhutan - land of the dragon. William Mackey is a Jesuit priest who is loved and respected in a Buddhist country that does not allow proselytization, a missionary who has converted not a single Bhutanese. Born to working-class immigrant parents of Irish background and a Catholic-Protestant mix, Bill Mackey was taught and inspired by Jesuit teachers. After joining the Jesuits himself and taking 16 years of training in English and French Canada, he was part of the small band of Canadians who left for the Darjeeling Mission in North-East India in 1946. His years of heading schools in the Darjeeling hills served as an apprenticeship for his ultimate challenge: to set up a high school and education system in a remote mountain kingdom barely emerging from the middle ages. More than successful in this mission, he won the hearts of the Bhutanese with his personality, hard work and spirituality. Bill Mackey's story is told in the spirit of this Canadian, drawn from his own storytelling, it captures his humour, energy and his open approach to life.
Top Customer Reviews
I listened to those tales so often here in Bhutan. He was a great story teller and as I read the "Jesuit and the Dragon" I was so grateful that Howard spent the time to carefully record those precious stories. Especially interesting are the tales relating to his arrival in Bhutan in the early 1960's before the Dragon Kingdom had really opened to the outside world.
Father Mackey died in 1995 but this book allows his tales to live on.