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The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith

The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith

by Julian Guthrie
The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith

The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith

by Julian Guthrie

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Overview

Including interviews with dozens of parishioners, this story of the battle for St. Brigid is “a dramatic David vs. Goliath account of a church under siege” (Kirkus Reviews).

St. Brigid Church was one of San Francisco’s great landmarks in the early 1990s. The church itself had weathered depressions and natural disasters, epic earthquakes and a massive fire. Its loyal congregation was active, vibrant, and growing. But in 1993, without warning, the Catholic archdiocese mysteriously ordered its doors to be closed.

The Grace of Everyday Saints is the story of how a ragtag group of believers came together in a crusade to save their church. What they discovered would be devastating: that around the country, parishes like theirs were threatened by the higher echelons of the Church, all to hide a terrible secret. Soon there were near-daily headlines that shocked the world. But still this unlikely group of heroes—led by a renegade lawyer, a reformed Catholic, and an antiestablishment priest—continued to meet weekly, to fight, to prove that their beloved St. Brigid was worth saving.

A dramatic narrative that takes readers from the streets of San Francisco to the halls of the Vatican, The Grace of Everyday Saints is about injustice and betrayal, redemption and grace.

“A gripping story.” —Publishers Weekly


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547523613
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 293
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JULIAN GUTHRIE is a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction • ix
I • FAITH • 1
II • SUFFERING • 89
III • REVELATION • 185
EPILOGUE • 273
Author’s Note • 280
Acknowledgments • 281

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