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This book tells the story of the March 10, 1956 fire that consumed Shadowbrook, the building that had been the Jesuit novitiate and juniorate of the New England Province of Jesuits for 34 years. The fire destroyed the building, killed four Jesuits, and left approximately 125 Jesuits homeless. The book is based on interviews with survivors and neighbors. It also includes a chapter about the earlier uses of Shadowbrook which was built as a mansion for Anson Phelps Stokes in 1893 and was a vacation home or a resort hotel until 1922 when the Society of Jesus purchased it from the widow of millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for use during the first four years of Jesuit formation.

Publication Date



Elephant Tree Press


Watertown, Massachusetts


Jesuits, History, New England Province of the Society of Jesus, Shadowbrook fire, March 10, 1956, Shadowbrook Novitiate, Stockbridge, Lenox, Massachusetts, Berkshire County (Mass.)


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Rev. Joseph A. Appleyard, S.J. edited this book.

F.X. Shea wrote the book in the summer of 1956. Some of the chapters were first published in the SJNEws, a publication of the New England Province of Jesuits, in 1973-74.

Shadowbrook was physically located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts with a mailing address in Lenox, Massachusetts.

An online exhibit of photographs and postcards of Shadowbrook is available at: Shadowbrook: Historia Domus.

The Shadowbrook Fire