Jesuit Brother Edwin Sheehy has found artistic outlets in a variety of disciplines: baking, sculpting and puppetry.
Br. Sheehy began baking at Loyola Seminary, in Shrub Oak, New York, for over 200 seminarians a few years after joining the Society of Jesus in 1951.
He estimated that while there he baked 1,500 loaves of bread from scratch annually; at night he began to work with clay as a sculptor.
Sheehy’s next interest was puppetry after a visit to Hollywood’s Universal Studios in 1970, where he saw a puppet show. He thought, “I could do that.”
He has constructed numerous puppets and has performed at children’s Masses illustrating the Gospel.
Sheehy, now 77, has been at the St. Peter’s Prep community in Jersey City since 1999 to focus on his artistry. He has returned to sculpting and has done, among other things, a bust of St. Ignatius Loyola.
To learn more about Br. Sheehy, read this profile in the Jersey Journal.