Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism

Version: Abridged
Author: Douglas Brinkley , Julie M. Fenster
Narrator: Julie M. Fenster
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Father Michael McGivney was a man to whom "family values" represented more than mere rhetoric, a man who has left a legacy of hope still celebrated around the world.

In the late 1800s, discrimination against American Catholics was widespread. Called to action in 1882, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, an organization that helped to save countless families. It has since 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.

In an incredible work of academic research, Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster re-create the life of Father McGivney, a fiercely dynamic and yet tenderhearted man. 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.

Reviews (1)

Parish Priest

Written by Julie Watkins from Jackson, OH on December 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The reader brought to the words, personality, vibrence and understanding of what she was reading. This story captured my attention from the first moment. The description of the state of Catholics in Connecticut in the late 1800s gave me a good idea of where we've been and insight into where we are today. Any Christian can be proud of this Godly man. Father Michael McGivney spent his life working for God and his people, to improve their lot and to make life better for the widow and orphan. I recommend it highly, Thank you!

Author Details

Author Details

Brinkley, Douglas

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at "Vanity Fair". "The Chicago Tribune" has dubbed him "America's new past master." Seven of his books have been selected as "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year. "The Great Deluge", his account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.

Fenster, Julie M.

Julie M. Fenster is the co-author (with Douglas Brinkley) of "The New York Times" bestseller "Parish Priest," Her books include the award-winning "Ether Day "and "Race of the Century," A regular contributor to "American Heritage," Fenster has also written for "The New York Times "and the "Los Angeles Times. "She lives in Syracuse, New York.