Today is Fr. George Lane’s 40th anniversary at Loyola Press, the Jesuit ministry in Chicago where I humbly and proudly serve. Fr. Lane, who has served as President of Loyola Press since 1989, is a true legend in Chicago (and in the publishing business) and especially in the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. In addition to his amazing tenure at Loyola Press, Fr. Lane is also responsible for coordinating the efforts that saved and led to the renovation of historic Holy Family parish on Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago…one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The restoration is referred to as the “miracle on Roosevelt Rd.”
Fr. Lane began his career as a teacher, teaching at St. Ignatius College Prep (where I later graduated from). He had some hesitations when asked to move into the publishing business but quickly realized that he wasn’t giving up teaching…he was just going to be teaching in a different way – and reaching LOTS more people!
I won’t go on with numerous details about his life and accomplishment, many (and very interesting) as they may be. I do however want to tell you that each and every day, Fr. George walks through the entire company and greets/chats with every employee, some 80+. What a great role model! When asked if he plans to retire, he always responds by saying, “Why should I? I’m having more fun than most kids my age!” And, whenever he’s told of or refers to some good news about the Press, he always responds or concludes by saying, “Thank you, Jesus!”
Thank you, Jesus, for Fr. George Lane, SJ!!!