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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Brinkley Narrator: Julie Fenster Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Is now the time for an American parish priest to be declared a Catholic saint?

In Father Michael McGivney (1852-1890), born and raised in a Connecticut factory town, the modern era's ideal of the priesthood hit its zenith. The son of Irish immigrants, he was a man to whom family values represented more than mere rhetoric. And he left a legacy of hope still celebrated around the world.

In the late 1800s, discrimination against American Catholics was widespread. Many Catholics struggled to find work and ended up in inferno-like mills. An injury or the death of the wage earner would leave a family penniless. The grim threat of chronic homelessness and even starvation could fast become realities. Called to action in 1882 by his sympathy for these suffering people, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, an organization that has helped to save countless families from the indignity of destitution. From its uncertain beginnings, when Father McGivney was the only person willing to work toward its success, it has 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; beloved by children, trusted by young adults, and regarded as a positive saint by the elderly in his New Haven parish.

In an incredible work of academic research, Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster re-create the life of Father McGivney, a fiercely dynamic yet tenderhearted man. Though he was only 38 when he died, Father McGivney has never been forgotten. He remains a true people's priest, a genuinely holy man, and perhaps the most beloved parish priest in U.S. history. 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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fr. Kyle | 8/27/2013

    " Great book on the life of Knight of Columbus founder, Fr. Michael McGivney. He was a great priest, and the book provides a good look at American Catholic life in Connetticut in the late 19th century. Enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie Campbell | 5/10/2013

    " Interesting read though I found the writing awkward. The history of the Knights was fascinating and the context well set. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/28/2011

    " I am a member, so I read it. It's a great biography of a great man, no matter your faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glucose Johnny | 6/12/2010

    " A truly great little book on the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Some really eloquent passages honoring a priest that may become the first American-born male saint. Also an insightful glimpse into the lives of Irish immigrants in New England in the late 1800s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 10/27/2009

    " A great look into the life of Venerable Michael McGivney. It gives an account of his entire life, but focuses on events that inspired and led to his founding of the Knights of Columbus. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nichole Rottinghaus | 11/4/2008

    " I did not like this book. I picked this book up because I was very interested to learn more about Fr. McGivney's life and his founding of the Knights of Columbus, but this book was very, very, boring. I started skimming in the 3rd chapter, and finally gave up at chapter 6. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/2/2007

    " The book about Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. The book is not about the Knights of Columbus. It is about a man who dedicated his life for others. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.He has published several essays on Carter’s post-presidency, which have appeared in World Policy Journal, Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic History, and the New Orleans Review.