Anthony De Mello Biography
(Authored books related to spirituality, lectures and spiritual conferences)
Birthday: September 4, 1931 (Virgo)
Born In: India
Anthony de Mello was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. He was also a reputed religious teacher, public speaker and a writer. Born into a Roman Catholic family in pre-independence India, he decided to become a Jesuit priest while he was still a child, ultimately joining the order at the age of sixteen. Initially, he was very conservative in his theological beliefs and did not want to explore other religions. He practiced meditation and contemplations as prescribed by his faith and had his first mystical experience during his tertianship in Spain, where he attended a 30-day retreat. Later he himself became a successful retreat guide and director. Subsequently, from the mid-1970s, he began to move away from his initial dogmatic views and began to explore other religions. He later wrote a number of books on spirituality and hosted many spiritual retreats and conferences. Today, he is remembered for his unconventional approach to priesthood, drawing from the mystical traditions of East and West.