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      Title: Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism
      Author: Douglas Brinkley and Julie Fenster
      Publisher: William Morrow
      Date Published: January 2006
      ISBN: 0060776846
      Price: 24.95
      Comments: Fr. McGivney, a Connecticut parish priest who helped to transform
      American Catholicism, is under consideration for sainthood.


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      Editorial Reviews

      From Publishers Weekly
      Fr. Michael McGivney (1852–1890) is under consideration for sainthood in the
      Roman Catholic Church. So why has almost no one heard of this Connecticut
      parish priest who helped to transform American Catholicism? McGivney entered
      seminary when he was just 16 and studied there until his father's unexpected death
      forced him, the eldest child, to abandon his studies and support his family.
      Although the diocese eventually came through with a scholarship, McGivney never
      forgot the devastation of his family's sudden poverty and devoted much of his
      priestly life to helping the Catholic poor. He founded the Knights of
      Columbus, an organization that simultaneously met two critical needs of Catholics in
      the late 19th century: it was an insurance policy for the indigent, and its
      devotion to America and patriotic ideals helped to assuage anti-Catholic
      prejudice. Brinkley and Fenster offer a popular history that is accessible in style
      and respectful, albeit at times hagiographic, in tone. (Jan.)
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      Book Description

      "Father McGivney's vision remains as relevant as ever in the changed
      circumstances of today's church and society." -- Pope John Paul II
      Is now the time for an American parish priest to be declared a Catholic
      saint?
      In Father Michael McGivney (1852-1890), born and raised in a Connecticut
      factory town, the modern era's ideal of the priesthood hit its zenith. The son of
      Irish immigrants, he was a man to whom "family values" represented more than
      mere rhetoric. And he left a legacy of hope still celebrated around the world.
      In the late 1800s, discrimination against American Catholics was widespread.
      Many Catholics struggled to find work and ended up in infernolike mills. An
      injury or the death of the wage earner would leave a family penniless. The grim
      threat of chronic homelessness and even starvation could fast become
      realities. Called to action in 1882 by his sympathy for these suffering people, Father
      McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, an organization that has helped to
      save countless families from the indignity of destitution. From its uncertain
      beginnings, when Father McGivney was the only person willing to work toward its
      success, it has grown to an international membership of 1.7 million men.
      At heart, though, Father McGivney was never anything more than an American
      parish priest, and nothing less than that, either -- beloved by children,
      trusted by young adults, and regarded as a "positive saint" by the elderly in his
      New Haven parish.
      In an incredible work of academic research, Douglas Brinkley (The Boys of
      Pointe Du Hoc, Tour of Duty) and Julie M. Fenster (Race of the Century, Ether
      Day) re-create the life of Father McGivney, a fiercely dynamic yet tenderhearted
      man. Though he was only thirty-eight when he died, Father McGivney has never
      been forgotten. He remains a true "people's priest," a genuinely holy man --
      and perhaps the most beloved parish priest in U.S. history. Moving and
      inspirational, Parish Priest chronicles the process of canonization that may well make
      Father McGivney the first American-born parish priest to be declared a saint
      by the Vatican.

      About the Author

      Douglas Brinkley is a Clark professor of history and director of the Theodore
      Roosevelt Center at Tulane University. His most recent publications include
      the New York Times bestsellers The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc and Tour of Duty, and
      The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation with Stephen A. Ambrose. He lives
      in New Orleans, Louisiana, with his family.


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