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Author: Douglas Brinkley, Julie M. Fenster Narrator: Julie M. Fenster Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780060878306
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Father McGivney’s vision remains as relevant as ever in the changed circumstances of today’s church and society.” 

    Pope John Paul II

  • “A wonderfully told tale of a great friend of the voiceless and of the dramatic rise of Irish Catholicism in the swelling slums of our industrial cities. It reaches out over a century of time to speak to the public and spiritual deficiencies of our own age.” 

    Donald L. Miller, author of City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of Modern America

  • “Brinkley and Fenster offer a popular history that is accessible in style and respectful.” 

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Douglas Brinkley, the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him “America’s new past master.” His book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism and was a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council on Foreign Relations.

About the Narrator

Julie M. Fenster is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and historian. Her books include Packard, The Pride and Ether Day, The Strange Tale of America’s Greatest Medical Discovery, and the Haunted Men Who Made It, among others. She has written for American Heritage, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.