Luke (Joseph Brown, SJ), who holds advanced degrees in Afro-American and American Studies from Yale University, is Professor of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has also taught at Creighton University and the University of Virginia. An ordained Jesuit priest and poet, with an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, he has published the following books: Accidental Grace (poetry), A Retreat with Thea Bowman and Bede Abram: Leaning on the LordTo Stand on the Rock: Meditations on Black Catholic IdentitySweet, Sweet Spirit: Prayer Services From the Black Catholic Church and The Sun Whispers, Wait (poetry). He lives in Carbondale, Illinois.