O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor

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During more than a half century at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Ralph McInerny's legendary achievements include writing more than 50 nonfiction books in philosophy, medieval studies, and theology, as well as more than 90 novels, including the Father Dowling Murder Mystery series. This volume offers personal reflections on the man himself and what he meant to so many over his rich life of teaching, writing, and contributing to the life of the mind.

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Overview

During more than a half century at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Ralph McInerny's legendary achievements include writing more than 50 nonfiction books in philosophy, medieval studies, and theology, as well as more than 90 novels, including the Father Dowling Murder Mystery series. This volume offers personal reflections on the man himself and what he meant to so many over his rich life of teaching, writing, and contributing to the life of the mind.

Alasdair MacIntyre, Cardinal Francis George, Ralph's brother D.Q. McInerny, Michael Novak, John Haldane, Joseph Bottum, Thomas De Konick, Jude P. Dougherty, Gerard V. Bradley, Fr. Marvin O'Connell, and many others (see below) aim to capture some of the 'more' that was McInerny, a more that cannot be captured by any curriculum vitae, even one as impressive as Ralph's. The stories, anecdotes, and reflections in this volume give us various snapshots of the man that cannot be found in news accounts, press releases, or academic evaluations. A person as great as Ralph should not live merely in memory, so some record such as this volume written his friends, colleagues, and former students becomes appropriate.

Also included is a full list of all the books - fiction - and non-fiction - authored by McInerny as well as enumeration of his forty-eight doctoral students and their dissertations completed under his direction. Finally, the collection is rounded out by five contributions by McInerny himself: a poem about his late wife Connie, a scholarly article "Why I Am a Thomist," a popular essay, "Mementoes Never Die," an early Roger Knight mystery entitled "Dust Abhors a Vacuum," as well as his last written words.

All publisher proceeds for O Rare Ralph McInerny will be donated to the Women's Care Center of St. Joseph County, Indiana.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587315855
  • Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 155
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

"Ralph Magis McInerny" Christopher Kaczor 1

O Rare Ralph McInerny

"Memories of Lake Johanna" Marvin O'Connell 6

"Fortiter in re, Suaviter in modo" Charles Rice 18

"A Renaissance Man" Joseph Bottum 22

"The Seven Cardinal Virtues of Ralph McInerny" Jude P. Dougherty 24

"A Reminiscence of Ralph" Gerry Bradley 26

"Sketches of Ralph" Hadley Arkes 31

"Like Shining from Shook Foil" Thomas Cavanaugh 33

"Born Writer" D.Q. McInerny 36

"O Rare Ralph McInerny" Bruce Fingerhut 40

"The End of an Era" John Haldane 42

"The Grace Professor" John O'Callaghan 47

"Remember Your Time Here" Raymond Hain 51

"The Best of Bosses" Ellen Rice 54

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, "Letter of Appreciation" Bishop John M. D'Arcy 58

"His Last Class, His Last Graduation" Patrick Gardner 59

"A Guardian Angel" Brian Kelly 61

"He Had Our Number" Michael Garvey 63

"Encounters with Ralph McInerny" Lawrence Dewan, O.P 65

"A Letter to My Benefactor" Ruth Lasseter 69

"The Designated Hittinger Shows Some Leg" John Hittinger 70

"To Miss the Joy Is to Miss All" Thomas DeKonick 75

"A Medievalist with a Passion, Commitment, and a Wry Sense of Humor" Tony Lisska 79

"The Pursuit of Excellence" James Hitchcock 82

"The Undergraduate Teacher" Fred Freddoso 85

Archbishop of Chicago, "Letter of Gratitude" Cardinal Francis George 89

"A Mosaic Bing Crosby" Janet Smith 89

"Everything is Different" Robert Royale 94

"A Man of Virtue" Thomas Hibbs 96

"An Old Sinner" Michael Baxter 100

"After McInerny" Alasdair MacIntyre 103

"Professor, Artist, Editor, Publisher, Translator, Holy Man, Gentleman, Friend to a Multitude, and a Helluva Companion for Laughter and Story" Michael Novak 107

"Funeral Sermon for Ralph McInerny" Marvin O'Connell 109

Appendices 114

Books Authored or Edited Ralph McInerny 114

Doctoral Students Directed 1963-2009 Ralph McInerny 120

Ipse Dixit (A Few Words from the Honoree) 124

"Ballad: September 25, 2001" 124

"Dust Abhors a Vacuum" 127

"Why I Am a Thomist" 135

"Mementos Never Die" 145

The Last Written Words of Ralph McInerny, as recounted by his brother D.Q. McInerny 148

Permissions 14

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