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Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Parish priest or parish saint

    Parish Priest is an inspirational story of a young priest in nineteenth century New England struggling to help his poor, immigrant community. In the face of many hardships, including religious prejudice, Fr. Michael McGivney helped the working families, widows and orphans that were paying a terrible burden during the Industrialization of the United States. The authors tell his story, especially how he founded the Knights of Columbus, in a very readable and enjoyable manner. While reading Parish Priest I kept remembering the film, Gangs of New York, and thinking, 'here's the rest of the story.' Father McGivney is remembered as one of America's great parish priests. It is clear from this book why the Vatican is now considering whether he should be declared a saint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    One Good Priest Can Make a Difference

    This book is an eye-opening look at the life of a parish priest -- ANY parish priest. As authors David Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster state in the book's preface, 'We hope an account of McGivney's life will help to instigate fresh thinking on the priesthood and its manifest potential.' This book is not so much a history of the Knights of Columbus as it is an affirmation of the maxim that 'One good priest can make a difference.' Members of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the general public (and seminarians in particular), will gain new insights into the life and times of the man who confronted bigotry, disease and unimaginable adversity -- with the weapons of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The text is brilliantly written, easy to read, full of unexpectedly humorous sarcasm. It is hard to put down: How will it end? The indispensible epilogue is full of surprises. As Fr. McGivney once said, 'I promise you everything will come out satisfactorily.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Founder of the Knights of Columbus

    An interesting biography for those fans of history: America in mid to late 1800s, ant-Catholicism, Irish migration, urban struggles in the US, the Catholic Church.

    Why the Knights of Columbus was formed by an Irish priest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    HIGHLY recommend!

    The story of Fr. McGivney and his achievements, not only his success in founding the Knights of Columbus, but of his love and compassion fo others, while remaining a humble parish priest, truly inspires awe in the reader.The book itself is a rather quick and interesting read. It is a must read not only for my Brother Knights, but for all Catholics.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Excellent and easy read, a must read for anyone interested K of C history

    Well written with a good chronology. Provides insight not only to the founding of the Knights of Columbus, but also what life was like for a Catholic in late 1800's in North eastern US

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Great priest, great story

    Finally, a story about a good priest, one who founded an organization to help people who were just short of persecution in the 1880s. I was totally engulfed with the writing and the journey on which it took me. I have made this book a must read in my family.++++++

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